Dr. R. Drew Smith

Dr. R. Drew Smith

R. Drew Smith is Scholar-in-Residence at the Leadership Center at Morehouse College. He has held faculty appointments at Indiana University and Butler University, visiting appointments at Emory University, University of Virginia, University of South Africa, and Case Western Reserve University, and has served as the Director of the Center for the Church and the Black Experience at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.  He has also served twice as a Fulbright Professor in Africa.  He has organized and directed several large collaborative research projects on religion and public life in the U.S. and in Africa, and is co-founder of the Transatlantic Roundtable on Religion and Race, an annual conference that held its inaugural international conference in 2011 at the University of South Africa and convened at the University of London in 2012.  A frequent guest editor and contributor to Review of Faith and International Affairs, he assembled special theme issues of the journal on topics such as “African Church Responses to African Conflict,” “Black Churches and U.S. Policy in the Middle East and North Africa” and “Religion and African American Leadership in Global Voluntarism.”  He is editor of five books on religion and public life, including most recently, From Every Mountainside: Black Churches and the Broad Terrain of Civil Rights (State University Press of New York, 2013).  He is currently completing a book on contemporary black clergy activism, under contract with Columbia University Press.  Prior to his career in the academy, he served on the executive staff of Operation Crossroads Africa where he was responsible for setup and oversight of volunteer development projects in almost twenty African countries.  Dr. Smith is also a Baptist minister and has ministered in parish contexts and prison ministry contexts in several states.  He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University, a Master of Divinity degree from Yale Divinity School, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from Yale University.  His awards include a 2002 selection as an Emerging Leaders Fellow by a Duke University/University of Cape Town program on Leadership and Public Values, and selection in 2008 for an Indiana Governor’s Black Expo Leadership award.