- 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, The Laboratory over a Vast Cemetery: Rethinking the Paris Peace Conference of 1919, is under contract to Oxford University Press. In 2012-13, he will teach a First-year Seminar on the French Revolution, an intermediate-level lecture course on World War II, and will direct the Senior Projects course.