Department Chair:
Renee Romano

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. 8:00-12:00, 1:00-4:30

Leonard V. Smith

Leonard V. Smith

Frederick B Artz Professor

Contact Information


Rice Hall 18
(440) 775-8950

Personal Office Hours:
Tuesday & Thursday 3:00-5:00pm And by appointment

Leonard Smith

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 Mershon Center, The Ohio State University (Spring 2015); 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 nearly complete, and will be published by Oxford University Press. His most recent publications include “Drawing Borders in the Middle East after the Great War: Political Geography and ‘Subject Peoples’,” First World War Studies (2016); and “France, the Great War, and the ‘Return to Experience,’” World War I Centennial Series, Journal of Modern History (2016).