Stephanie J. Smith is a Professor of History with a concentration on Mexico and Latin America. She joined the Department in 2003 after earning her Ph.D. in History from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in August 2002. Professor Smith received an American Association of University Women Dissertation Fellowship during the 2001-2002 academic year, and a Fulbright Dissertation Research Abroad Grant to Mexico (Fulbright-Garcia Robles) supported the research for her dissertation in Mexico during 1999-2000.
Recently she also has been awarded a number of research grants to support her second book, The Power and Politics of Art in Postrevolutionary Mexico (University of North Carolina Press, 2017). This work analyzes the complex relationship between radical artists, including Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and Frida Kahlo with Mexico's postrevolutionary state.
Her first book, Gender and the Mexican Revolution: Yucatán Women and the Realities of Patriarchy, (University of North Carolina Press, 2009) explores the complicated process of women's involvement during the Mexican Revolution.
Professor Smith's chapters in edited volumes include:
- “Removing the Yoke of Tradition: Yucatan’s Revolutionary Women, Revolutionary Reforms.” In Peripheral Visions: Politics, Society, and the Challenges of Modernity in Yucatan, Edited by Gilbert M. Joseph, Edward Moseley, Edward Terry, Ben Fallaw (Tuscaloosa: The University of Alabama Press, 2010);
- “Si el amor esclaviza…maldito sea el amor!” El divorcio y la formación del Estado revolucionario en Yucatán.” In Género, poder y política en el México posrevolucionario. Edited by Gabriela Cano, Mary Kay Vaughan, Jocelyn Olcott (México, D.F.: Fondo de Cultura Económica, 2009);
- “Salvador Alvarado of Yucatán: Revolutionary Reforms, Revolutionary Women.” In Governors of the Mexican Revolution: Portraits of Courage, Corruption, and Conflict. Edited by William H. Beezley and Jurgen Buchenau (Lanham, Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield, 2009);
- “Educating Mothers of the Nation: The Project of Revolutionary Education in Yucatán,” in The Women's Revolution in Mexico, 1910-1953. Edited by Stephanie Mitchell and Patience A. Schell (Lanham, Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield, 2009);
- ‘“If Love Enslaves...Love Be Damned!,’ Divorce and Revolutionary State Formation in Yucatán, Mexico,” in Sex in Revolution: Gender, Politics, and Power in Modern Mexico. Edited by Jocelyn Olcott, Mary Kay Vaughan, Gabriela Cano (Durham: Duke University Press, 2006).
Professor Smith has presented papers at conferences in Mexico and the United States, including the Conference on Latin American History (CLAH), the American Historical Association (AHA), the Latin American Studies Association (LASA), the Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, and the Conference of Mexican, United States, and Canadian Historians. She also has given various invited lectures, including at Brigham Young University, St. John's University, Harvard University's David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Wellesley College, and others.
Professor Smith currently teaches courses on the History of Mexico, Revolutions and Social Movements in Modern Latin America, the U.S.-Mexico Border, U.S.-Latin American Relations, Latin American Revolutions, Introduction to Historical Thought, and graduate courses on Mexico and Latin America.