Geoffrey Sutton Smith, Ph.D. (Santa Barbara)

Geoffrey Sutton Smith
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Geoff Smith is professor of physical and health education and of history. He taught the social and cultural history and the sociology of sport in the United States and Canada. He also taught a course in history entitled "Conspiracy and Dissent in American History from the Salem Witch Trials to and through the New Right", encompassing just about every kook that has climbed out from under a rock in the vast wasteland south of the 49th parallel.

His research interests involve work in international relations, security issues, and interrelated cultural questions focusing on sport and issues of race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, health and disease, economics, media, and politics. His book, To Save a Nation: American "Extremism", the New Deal and the Coming of World War II (1973, 2nd rev. ed 1992), was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in History. An article for Queen's Quarterly (Summer 1989), "Historical Perspectives on AIDS", was chosen for inclusion in Best Canadian Essays--1990 (ed., Douglas Fetherling, 1991). Most recently he has contributed a chapter on Japanese Canadian Relocation in WWII to Alien Justice: Wartime Internment in Australia and North America (eds. Roger Daniels and Kay Saunders, 2000); and "Interrogating Security: A Life Story in History, 1941-1954", Peace & Change: A Journal of Peace Research (July 2000), reprinted in Whose National Security? Canadian State Surveillance and the Creation of Enemies (eds. Gary Kinsman, et al. 2000).

Smith also served as president (1995-97) and executive secretary-treasurer (1998-2000) of the Peace History Society and served as program chair for the annual meeting in Toronto (June 2000) of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR). He has served as assistant coach and administrator for the Queen's University men's intercollegiate basketball team in the 1980s, founder of the Gaels Hoop Club, wrote a weekly column on sport and culture for the Kingston Whig-Standard (1986-1990), and produced and hosted a live public affairs television show ("This Olde City with Mr. Fix-It" in 1997-1998. He is an avid photographer, dog lover, and is available as a lecturer and consultant on such issues as corporate sport, risk and awareness, and environmental issues.