Barbara H. Smith

Braxton Craven Professor Emerita of Comparative Literature and English

External address: 
110 Science Bldg. (east Campus), Trinity and Buchanan, Durham, NC 27705
Internal office address: 
Box 90015, Durham, NC 27708-0015
(919) 684-3970

Smith's research has been concerned with literary theory, poetry and poetics, ideas of value and judgment, and intellectual controversies over science and knowledge. Her current work focuses on developments in cognitive science and the philosophy of biology, intellectual issues involving science and religion, and the historical, intellectual and institutional relations between the sciences and the humanities.


  • Ph.D., Brandeis University 1965
  • M.A., Brandeis University 1955
  • B.A., Brandeis University 1954

Smith, BH. "Science and religion, natural and unnatural." Sacred Science?: On Science and Its Interrelations with Religious Worldviews. April 1, 2012. 101-110. Full Text

Smith, BH. "Comment." Goodness and Advice. February 9, 2009. 132-144.

Smith, BH. "SCIENTIZING THE HUMANITIES Shifts, Collisions, Negotiations." COMMON KNOWLEDGE 22.3 (September 2016): 353-372. Full Text

Smith, BH. "Anthropotheology: Latour speaking religiously." New Literary History 47.2-3 (March 1, 2016): 331-351.

Smith, BH. "An Inquiry into Modes of Existence: An Anthropology of the Moderns." Common Knowledge 20.3 (October 1, 2014): 491-493. Full Text

Watson, J. "On Free-Wheeling Careers: An Interview with Barbara Herrnstein Smith." the minnesota review 2013.80 (January 1, 2013): 62-79. Full Text Open Access Copy

Smith, BH. "Science and religion, natural and unnatural." (December 1, 2012): 101-110. (Chapter) Full Text

Smith, BH. ""Dolls, Demons and DNA"." London Review of Books 34 (March 2012). Open Access Copy

Smith, BH. "Reading at Large: Reflections on the Forum "What Can Reading Do?"." NOVEL-A FORUM ON FICTION 45.1 (2012): 27-29. Full Text

Smith, BH. "Clearing up after the science wars: A response to emily A. Schultz." Reviews in Anthropology 40.2 (April 1, 2011): 165-168. Full Text



Jensen, CB, Smith, BH, Lloyd, GER, Holbraad, M, Roepstorff, A, Stengers, I, Verran, H, Brown, SD, Winthereik, BR, Strathern, M, Kapferer, B, Mol, A, Pedersen, MA, Viveiros De Castro, E, Candea, M, Battaglia, D, and Wagner, R. "Comparative relativism: Symposium on an impossibility." December 1, 2011. Full Text

Smith, BH. "Netting truth." October 2000. Full Text

Smith, BH, Plotnitsky, A, eds, , and Introduction, . "Mathematics, Science, and Postclassical Theory." (1997).

Smith, BH, Gless, D, eds, , and Introduction, . "The Politics of Liberal Education." (1969).

Smith, BH, ed, , and Introduction, . "Shakespeare’s Sonnets." (1969).

Smith, BH, and ed, . "Discussions of Shakespeare’s Sonnets." (1964).