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Lee Smithey



On Leave - Academic Year

Peace & Conflict Studies


  2. Phone: (610) 690-2064
  3. Parrish Hall
  4. Office Hours: By appointment
Lee Smithey


Ph.D., Sociology, University of Texas at Austin, 2002

M.A., Sociology, University of Texas at Austin, 1995

B.A., Sociology and Music, Emory University, 1992

Selected Publications and Activities

Kurtz, Lester R. and Lee A. Smithey. Eds. The Paradox of Repression and Nonviolent Movements. Syracuse University Press, 2018.

Smithey, Lee. Unionists, Loyalists, and Conflict Transformation in Northern Ireland. Oxford University Press, 2011.

Smithey, Lee. 2017. "The Peace People: Principled and Revolutionary Non-violence in Northern Ireland" in The Troubles in Northern Ireland and Theories of Social Movements, edited by Lorenzo Bosi and Gianluca De Fazio. Amsterdam University Press.

Smithey, Lee A. 2017. "The State of Constructive Conflict in Northern Ireland." Pp. 109-129 in Perspectives in Waging Conflicts Constructively: Cases, Concepts, and Practice, edited by Bruce W. Dayton and Louis Kriesberg. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.

Smithey, Lee A. 2013. "Forming Identities in Nonviolent Struggles." in Recovering Nonviolent History: Civil Resistance in Liberation Struggles, edited by M. J. Bartkowski. Boulder, Colorado: Lynne Rienner Publishers.

Smithey, Lee A. 2009. "Social Movement Strategy, Tactics, and Collective Identity." Sociology Compass 3:658-671

Teaching and Research Interests

Peace and Conflict Studies, Social Movements, Conflict Transformation, Nonviolent Conflict, Northern Ireland, Climate Justice, and Qualitative Methods.

Courses and Seminars Taught

  • Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies (PEAC 015)
  • Transforming Intractable Conflict (PEAC 025B)
  • Social Movements and Nonviolent Power (PEAC 135)
  • Research Seminar: Global Nonviolent Action Database (PEAC 071B) Gun Violence Prevention: Peace Studies and Action (PEAC 077)
  • Climate Disruption, Conflict, and Peacemaking (PEAC 055)
  • Gun Violence Prevention: Peace Studies and Action (PEAC 077)