Dr Adam Smith
Adam Smith writes about the United States in the mid-nineteenth century. His most recent book is a short biography of Abraham Lincoln. He is currently completing a book called The Stormy Present: Conservatism and American Politics in an Age of Revolution, 1848-1877.
His previous work includes: No Party Now: Politics in the Civil War North (Oxford University Press, 2006), a book about the tensions created by the continuation of party politics in wartime. His The American Civil War (Palgrave, 2007) is an overview of the war which emphasises the importance of home front public opinion in determining the outcome.
Adam also has historical interests in the history of theatre, especially as it relates to politics and in the image of the United States abroad. He contributed to the department's AHRC-funded Images of America project and has written about the image of Abraham Lincoln in Britain.
Adam has presented documentaries for BBC Radio on the American Civil War, and, most recently, on primary school history teaching. His essays and book reviews have appeared in History Today, BBC History, The Times Literary Supplement as well as in academic journals.
Adam is currently serving as the Honorary Secretary of the Royal Historical Society.
Adam joined the department in 2002. Before coming to UCL, he was a Junior Research Fellow at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, a Visiting Fellow at Harvard and a lecturer in American history at Queen Mary, University of London. In 2009, Adam was a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania.
Qualifications & memberships of professional bodies
|1999||PhD||University of Cambridge|
|1995||MA||University of Sheffield|
|1994||BA||University of Oxford|
|Fellow of the Royal Historical Society|
|BBC History Magazine||Dec 14||'The vote that saved America'|
|BBC Radio 4||15 Apr 14||'How do children learn history?'|
|BBC Radio 3||19 Nov 13||Night Waves (The Gettysburg Address)|
|BBC Radio 3||21 Jan 13||Night Waves (Abraham Lincoln)|
|BBC History Magazine||Dec 12||'Race, Religion and Re-election'|
|BBC Radio 5 Live||06 Nov 12||Discussion of the U.S. elections|
|BBC Radio 4||06 Nov 12||Today programme (interviewed about the U.S. elections)|
|BBC Radio 3||05 Apr 12||Night Waves (the 'performance of the self' in American politics)|
|History Today||06 Mar 12||A review of two books - The Great Interwar Crisis; America, Hitler and the UN|
|BBC Radio 3||10 Apr 11||'The War of the South'|