Faculty Experts - Thomas W. Smith, Ph.D.

Thomas W. Smith, Ph.D.

Thomas W. Smith, Ph.D.
Director, Honors Program;
Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences;
Associate Professor, Humanities;
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science;
Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Area of Expertise:

  • Classical Political Theory
  • Politics and Religion
  • Liberalism
  • Literature and Politics


Dr. Smith's expertise bridges the disciplines of political science and humanities with special emphases on how religion, literature and philosophy inform governmental policy. Well versed in classical political theory, Smith is a good interview source for subjects ranging from ethics and political ambition to public policy and liberalism. He has appeared in a PBS documentary on religion and public life.


  • Ph.D., University of Notre Dame
  • M.A., Catholic University
  • B.A., Georgetown University

Selected Publications

  • Smith, Thomas W., Revaluing Ethics: Aristotle's Dialectical Pedagogy, State University of New York Press, 2001.
  • Smith, Thomas W., "The Primacy of Virtue Over Wealth" in Gregory Butler (ed.), Political Economy in Philosophic Perspective, University Press of America, 2008.
  • Smith, Thomas W., "Catholic Social Thought and Liberal Democracy," Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture 11:1 Winter 2008, 15-48.
  • Smith, Thomas W., "Tyson's Tragic Sensibility," Journal for Peace and Justice Studies 16:1 2007, 61-70.
  • Smith, Thomas W., "Tolkien's Catholic Imagination: Mediation and Tradition," Religion and Literature 38:2 (2006), 73-99.

Selected Professional Experience

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Villanova University

Selected Research

  • Villanova Institute for Teaching and Learning, Summer Fellowship
  • Grant Recipient, John Templeton Foundation, "Visions of Freedom" Project
  • Earhart Fellowship for intensive study of Classical Greek

About Villanova

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