Professor Robert Smith

Department of Political Science



6th Edition





Robert C. Smith is professor of political science at San Francisco State University. An honors graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, he holds a masterís degree from UCLA and a Ph.D. from Howard. He is author or coauthor of more than 40 articles and essays and nine books including Race, Class and Culture: A Study in Afro-American Mass Opinion; Racism in the Post Civil Rights Era: Now You See It, Now You Donít; We Have No Leaders: African Americans in the Post-Civil Rights Era; and African American Leadership. He is associate editor of the National Political Science Review and general editor of the State University of New York (SUNY) Press African American Studies series. He has taught African American politics and American government for more than 30 years. His Encyclopedia of African American Politics was published in 2003. In 1998 he was recipient of Howard Universityís Distinguished Ph.D. Alumni Award.

Check out Professor Smith's forthcoming book to be published by SUNY Press on the relationship between conservatism and racism in America. In addition to his teaching and research, he lectures widely and frequently discusses American and African American politics in local and national media.

New from SUNY Press 2010
Conservatism and Racism, and Why in America They Are the Same
Robert C. Smith

Price: $85.00 
Hardcover - 304 pages

Release Date: September 2010

ISBN13: 978-1-4384-3233-5

Price: $26.95 
Paperback - 304 pages

Release Date: September 2010

ISBN13: 978-1-4384-3232-8

Systematically illustrates the inescapable racism of American conservatism.

In this provocative, wide-ranging study, Robert C. Smith contends that ideological conservatism and racism are and always have been equivalent in the United States. In this carefully constructed and thoroughly documented philosophical, historical, and empirical inquiry, Smith analyzes conservative ideas from John Locke to William F. Buckley Jr., as well as the parallels between the rise and decline of the civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1970s and the ascendancy of the conservative movement to national power in 1980. Using archival material from the Reagan Library, the book includes detailed analysis of the Reagan presidency and race, focusing on affirmative action, the Voting Rights Act, the Grove City case, welfare reform, South Africa policy, and the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Conservatism and Racism, and Why in America They Are the Same goes beyond a focus on the right wing, concluding with an analysis of the enduring impact of the conservative movement and the Reagan presidency on liberalism, race, and the Democratic Party.


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Department of Political Science
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Ave. HSS 263
San Francisco, CA 94132-4155
Phone: 415-338-7524 Fax: 415-338-2391