Barbara H. Smith

Braxton Craven Professor Emerita of Comparative Literature and English

External Address: 
9 Towhee Drive, Topsham, ME 04086
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90015, Durham, NC 27708-0015
(919) 383-0840


Smith's research has been concerned with literary theory, poetry and poetics, ideas of value and judgment, and intellectual controversies over science and knowledge. Her current work focuses on developments in cognitive science and the philosophy of biology, intellectual issues involving science and religion, and the historical, intellectual and institutional relations between the sciences and the humanities.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Brandeis University 1965

  • M.A., Brandeis University 1955

  • B.A., Brandeis University 1954

Smith, BH. "THE CHIMERA OF RELATIVISM A Tragicomedy." COMMON KNOWLEDGE 17.1 (2011): 13-26. Full Text Open Access Copy

Smith, BH. "“Science and Religion: Lives and Rocks”." New York Times (January 2010).

Smith, BH. "Comments." (February 9, 2009): 132-144. (Chapter)

Smith, BH. ""It’s Like Getting Married"." London Review of Books 31 (February 2009): 10-12.

Smith, BH. ""Naturalism, Otherwise"." The Immanent Frame (June 2008).

Smith, BH. ""Cognitive Machinery and Explanatory Ambitions"." Online Forum, The Immanent Frame (June 2008).

Smith, BH. "Relativism, Today and Yesterday." Common Knowledge 13 (2007): 227-249.

Smith, BH. "Endurance, Otherwise: a Response to Martin Meuller." Salmagundi 88-89 (2007): 455-68.