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Stephen W Smith, Professor of the Practice

Stephen W Smith
Contact Info:
Office Location:  243 Ernestine Friedl Bldg., Rm. J
Office Phone:  (919) 681-6111
Email Address: send me a message

Teaching (Spring 2015):

  • AAAS 337.01, HOLLYWOOD AND AFRICA Synopsis
    Gray 228, TuTh 10:05 AM-11:20 AM
    (also cross-listed as CULANTH 336.01, ICS 337.01)
  • AAAS 499S.01, SENIOR SEMINAR Synopsis
    Social Sciences 124, TuTh 01:25 PM-02:40 PM
Office Hours:

Monday and Wednesday 10am-noon, or by appt.

African and African-American Studies
Communications, Journalism and Media
Research Interests:

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.


Sub-Saharan Africa, demographic trends ("youth bulge), Franco-African relations

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