Professor Adam Smith

In the Media

I have written and presented a number of radio documentaries. Highlights are here:

I’ve also been a contributor to many other radio programmes, including In Our Time, The World At One, From Our Own Correspondent, Front Row, The Today Programme, Woman’s Hour, Making History, and Things We Forgot to Remember–all on Radio 4; and to Night Waves on Radio 3, and The History Hour on the BBC World Service. I was also interviewed for a BBC Radio 2 documentary on the music of the Civil War. I’ve contributed to various podcasts including The Spectator and History Extra.

My TV work includes a contribution to documentaries about the “lost ship” of the Mojave Desert and a blockade runner built on Clydeside that played an important role in the American Civil War. I’m the presenter of a forthcoming documentary for the BBC on Ronald Reagan’s last movie, The Killers. And I’ve made a short film for UCL about the Fourteenth Amendment to the US Constitution.

I have presented two TV documentaries:

Teaching

I have supervised 9 PhD/DPhil students working on nineteenth-century US history, on topics including the role of music in election campaigns, the Young America movement and the ‘environmental imagination’. I currently supervise Andrew Short who is completing his dissertation on Presbyterian missionaries in the American West. I would be happy to hear from any potential DPhil student who wishes to work on nineteenth-century US history.

I am also available to supervise Masters dissertations on nineteenth-century US history.

Publications

  • The emergence of conservatism as a political concept in the United States before the Civil War

  • The Stormy Present Conservatism and the Problem of Slavery in Northern Politics, 1846–1865

  • Abraham Lincoln President

  • Beyond the Realignment Synthesis: The Election of 1860 Reconsidered

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