retired professor in the Department of History, was recently appointed by Dr. Les Wyatt as the first ASU Presidential Distinguished Professor in ASU’s young Ph.D. Program in Heritage Studies.
Other highlights of his career include authoring the book, War and Wartime Changes: The Transformation of Arkansas, 1940-1945 (Arkansas 1986), along with publishing numerous scholarly articles.
Smith also co-authored African Americans: Their History (Heritage 1997) and has served as the guest editor for Arkansas Review: A Journal of Delta Studies, which is published at ASU.
A native of Marianna in Lee County, Smith earned his bachelor’s degree at what is now the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. He completed his master’s at ASU and his doctorate at the University of Arkansas.