Rogers Smith is the Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Political Science, chair of the Penn Program on Democracy, Citizenship and Constitutionalism and associate dean for social sciences in Penn’sSchool of Arts and Sciences.
A leading scholar of American public law, American political thought and the politics of citizenship, Smith has explored how American constitutional development has been driven in part by tensions between conflicting American values, especially between rights doctrines and racial, gender and religious conceptions of American identity.
Smith has argued that American constitutionalism and citizenship should be understood as efforts to extend secure possession of basic rights more inclusively in ways that have contributed significantly to debates over civil liberties, immigration and policies shaping opportunities for racial and ethnic minorities.
The American Philosophical Society promotes useful knowledge in the sciences and humanities through excellence in scholarly research, professional meetings, publications, library resources and community outreach. It has played a role in American cultural and intellectual life for over 250 years.
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