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Stephen Smith, Visiting Professor of African & African American Studies  

Office Location: 117 Sanford Bldg
Office Phone: (919) 681-6111
Duke Box: 90257
Email Address: ssmith9@duke.edu

Areas of Expertise

    Ph.D., Free University of Berlin (Germany), 1984

    Research Description: Smith graduated in anthropology at the Sorbonne in Paris and obtained his Ph.D. in 1983 from Berlin’s Free University. The former deputy editor of the foreign desk at Le Monde and, previously, Africa editor of Libération, he worked for many years as traveling correspondent in Africa for Reuters and Radio France International. He is the (co-)author of sixteen monographs, of country reports (Nigeria, CAR) for the International Crisis Group and consultancies for the UN, in addition to numerous journalistic and academic publications. He contributes to the London Review of Books and also works as historical consultant for the film industry (Whisper to A Roar, Plot for Peace). Olivier Assayas’s film Carlos, which won in 2010 a Golden Globe and both the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award and the New York Film Critics Circle award for Best Foreign Language Film, is based on his research.

    Teaching (Fall 2015):

    • Aaas 310s.01, Conflict analysis in africa Synopsis
      Friedl bdg 240, MW 10:05 AM-11:20 AM
    • Aaas 315.01, Africa, youth and democracy Synopsis
      Gray 220, MW 01:25 PM-02:40 PM

    Recent Publications   (More Publications)

    1. S Smith. "Behind France’s Foray into Mali."  May, 2013: 163-169.
    2. SW Smith. "France in Africa: A New Chapter?."  May, 2013: 163-168. [Gateway.cgi]
    3. A GLASER and SW SMITH. Sarko en Afrique. January, 2011.  [abs]
    4. SW Smith. "Sudan: In a Procrustean Bed with Crisis."  January, 2011: 169-189. [doi]
    5. SW Smith. "Youth in Africa: Rebels without a Cause but not without Effect."  2011: 97-110. [doi]

    Stephen Smith is the former Africa editor of Le Monde and co-author of books on Morocco, Ivory Coast, Central African Republic, DRC, Rwanda, Burundi, Somalia and South Africa, as well as of country reports (Nigeria, CAR) published by the International Crisis Group (ICG).

    Stephen Smith