Associate Professor of Sociology
Professor Smithey's expertise and research interests focus on nonviolent social movements, ethnopolitical conflict, and conflict transformation, especially in Northern Ireland.
His publications include "Privilege, Empowerment, and Nonviolent Intervention" with Ivan Boothe in Peace & Change (2007); "Parading Persuasion: Nonviolent Collective Action as Discourse in Northern Ireland" with Lester R. Kurtz in Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change (2002); and "We Have Bare Hands: Nonviolent Social Movements in the Soviet Bloc" with Lester R. Kurtz in The Geography of Nonviolence edited by Stephen Zunes, Lester R. Kurtz and Sarah Beth Asher (Blackwell, 1999). Smithey also authored Unionists, Loyalists, and Conflict Transformation in Northern Ireland, published by Oxford University Press in 2011.
In addition to teaching courses on transforming (allegedly) intractable conflict, nonviolent social movements, and peace and conflict studies, Professor Smithey coordinates the Peace and Conflict Studies Program and has contributed to Swarthmore's Study Abroad Program in Northern Ireland. He has also served as chair of the Peace, War, and Social Conflict Section of the American Sociological Association.
Lee Smithey received his B.A. from Emory University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.