Professor of the Practice in the Department of African and African American Studies
Stephen W. Smith has been teaching African Studies at Duke since 2007. Until 2013, he also lectures as an adjunct at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, DC. He holds a PhD in semiotics from Berlin's Free University and graduated in anthropology at the Sorbonne (Panthéon) in Paris. The deputy editor of the foreign desk at Le Monde for five years and, previously, the Africa editor at Libération for twelve years, he had worked as a roving correspondent in West and Central Africa for Reuters news agency and Radio France International (RFI). He is the (co-)author of sixteen books, of country reports (Nigeria, Central African Republic) for the International Crisis Group, and a consultant for the UN and other international bodies. He has widely contributed to many publications and writes regularly for The London Review of Books. He also works for the film industry as a historical consultant and script writer.
Smith, S, and Glaser, A. Ces Messieurs Afrique II : des réseaux aux lobbies (« Africa Hands » : From secret Networks to Lobbies). Paris: Calmann-Lévy, 1996.
Smith, S. La Diplomatie pyromane : Burundi, Rwanda, Somalie, Bosnie. Entretiens avec Ahmedou Ould Abdallah (Pyromaniac Diplomacy: Burundi, Rwanda, Somalia, Bosnia. Conversations with Ahmedou Ould Abdallah). Paris: Calmann-Lévy, 1996.
Smith, S. Somalie La guerre perdue de l'humanitaire. Calmann-Lévy, April 1, 1994.
Glaser, A, and Smith, S. L'Afrique sans africains. 1994.
Smith, S, and Glaser, A. Ces Messieurs Afrique : Le Paris-Village du Continent Noir («Africa Hands » : The Black Continent’s « village » in Paris. Paris: Calmann-Lévy, 1992.
Smith, S, Moutout, C, and Gombeaud, J. La Guerre du Cacao en Côté d’Ivoire (The Cocoa War in Ivory Coast). Paris: Calmann-Lévy, 1990.
Smith, S. "Vertreibung aus Nigeria [Expulsion of migrant workers from Nigeria]." MERKUR. Deutsche Zeitschrift für europäisches Denken 438 (August 1985).
Smith, S. "Die Wahrung des vernünftigen Scheins. Auslandsberichterstattung am Beispiel Tchads [Foreign News Coverage: The Example of Chad]." MERKUR. Deutsche Zeitschrift für europäisches Denken 429 (October 1984).