Department Chair:
Pablo Mitchell

Administrative Assistant:
Kathy King

Department Email:

Phone: 440 775 8520
Fax: 440 775 6910

Rice Hall 316
10 North Professor St.
Oberlin, OH, 44074

Office Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8:00-4:30

Leonard V. Smith

Leonard V. Smith

Frederick B Artz Professor
( On Leave '14 -'15 academic yr.)

Contact Information


Rice Hall 317
(440) 775-8950

Leonard V. Smith

Prof. Leonard V. Smith

Educational Background

  • B.A., Oberlin College, 1980
  • M.I.A., School of International Affairs, Columbia University, 1982
  • Ph.D., Columbia University, 1990

Leonard V. Smith is the author of: The Embattled Self: French Soldiers' Testimony of the Great War (Cornell University Press, 2007); France and the Great War, 1914-1918 (with Stéphane Audoin-Rouzeau and Annette Becker, Cambridge University Press, 2003); and Between Mutiny and Obedience: The Case of the French Fifth Infantry Division During World War I (Princeton University Press, 1994). He also co-edited France at War: Vichy and the Historians (Berg, 2000, French edition 2004). He has held fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Humanities Center. Smith has been a visiting professor at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (January 2012), Claremont McKenna College (Fall 2008, as William F. Podlich Distinguished Fellow), and the Associated Kyoto Program at Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan (Fall 2004). , Smith’s current monograph project, Sovereignty at the Paris Peace Conference of 1919: The Laboratory over a Vast Cemetery, is under contract to Oxford University Press. He is also working on an extended review essay on the historiography of France and World War I in honor of the 2014 centennial for the Journal of Modern History. In 2013-14, he will teach an upper-level course on international relations theory for historians, the Modern Europe survey, and will direct the Senior Projects course.