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Steven Carl Smith

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Assistant Professor

Contact Information:

ssmith32@providence.edu
401-865-2726
Ruane Center for the Humanities 134

Education:

Ph.D. - University of Missouri

Area(s) of Expertise:

Steven Carl Smith is an historian of Revolutionary and early National America with research and teaching interests in media, politics, and urban history. His first book, "An Empire of Print: The New York Publishing Trade in the Early American Republic" (under contract with the Pennsylvania State University Press) traces the development of Manhattan's publishing trade from the end of the Revolution to the age of Jackson. Named the 2012 Malkin New Scholar by the Bibliographical Society of America, he is formerly the Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in Early American Literature & Material Texts at the University of Pennsylvania's McNeil Center for Early American Studies. He has received fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Antiquarian Society, the Library Company of Philadelphia, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the New York Public Library, the New York State Archives, the New York State Library, and the New York Historical Association. He has published essays on the history of the book in early America and political culture in seventeenth-century Maryland.

Awards and Honors:

Andrew W. Mellon Early American Literature & Material Texts Dissertation Fellowship - McNeil Center for Early American Studies
Gilder Lehrman Fellowship - Gilder Lerhman Institute of American History
Larry J. Hackman Research Residency Fellowship - Archives Partnership Trust & New York State Archives
PEAES Fellowship - Library Company of Philadelphia
Reese Fellowship in the Print Culture of the Americas - American Antiquarian Society

Selected Publications:

Smith, Steven Carl. (2014). 'Convicted of a Scandalous Offence against the Government': Political Culture and the English Civil War in Colonial Maryland. Maryland Historical Magazine, 109 (3), 279-306.

Smith, Steven Carl. (2014). 'A Rash, Thoughtless, and Imprudent Young Man': John Ward Fenno and the Federalist Literary Network. Literature in the Early American Republic, 6, 1-35.

Smith, Steven Carl. (2012). 'Elements of Useful Knowledge': New York and the National Book Trade in the Early Republic. Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America , 106 (4), 487-538.

Smith, Steven Carl. (2012). 'For and About Women': Dorothy Jurney and 'The Woman's Network'. Challenging Images of Women in the Media: Reinventing Women's Lives, Eds. Theresa Carilli and Jane Campbell. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Smith, Steven Carl. (2010). Colonial Maryland. Encyclopedia of U.S. Political History, Eds. Andrew W. Robertson. Washington, D.C.: CQ Press.

Smith, Steven Carl. (2010). Press and Printers. Encyclopedia of U.S. Political History, Eds. Andrew W. Robertson. Washington, D.C.: CQ Press.

Recent Presentations:

Smith, Steven Carl., City University of New York Early American Republic Seminar, The Graduate Center, CUNY, New York, NY, "Print Culture and the Politics of History in the Early American Republic". March, 2015.

Smith, Steven Carl., Boston Immigration & Urban History Seminar, Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston, MA, "'I Had Ample Opportunity to Notice the City as it then Was': Social and Economic Geographies in New York City, 1783-1830". February, 2015.

Smith, Steven Carl., Thirty-Ninth Annual Meeting, Social Science History Association , Toronto, Canada, "Gotham’s Grub Street: Social and Economic Geographies in the New York Publishing Trade, 1783-1830". November, 2014.

Smith, Steven Carl., Annual Conference, New England Historical Association, Rindge, New Hampshire, "'My Designed History of the Present Glorious Contest for Liberty': Print Culture and the Politics of History in the Early American Republic". October, 2014.

Smith, Steven Carl., Seventh Bi-Annual Conference, Urban History Association, Philadelphia, PA, "'I Had Ample Opportunity to Notice the City as it Then Was': Social and Economic Geographies in New York City, 1783-1830". October, 2014.

Smith, Steven Carl., Friday Seminar, McNeil Center for Early American Studies, Philadelphia, PA, "Print Culture and the GIS Turn". February, 2014.

Smith, Steven Carl., North American Labor History Conference, Detroit, MI, "'The Old Slippers': Class Geographies in the New York Publishing Trade, 1783-1830". October, 2013.

Smith, Steven Carl., Early American Literature & Material Texts Workshop, McNeil Center for Early American Studie, Philadelphia, PA, "'New Connections, Leading to a More Extensive and Certain Trade, are Formed': Interstate Trade Networks in the Early Republic". July, 2013.

Smith, Steven Carl., The Business History Conference, Columbus, OH, "'A Rash, Thoughtless, and Imprudent Young Man': John Ward Fenno & the Federalist Literary Network". April, 2013.

Smith, Steven Carl., Annual Meeting, Bibliographical Society of America, New Scholars Panel, New York, NY, "'Elements of Useful Knowledge': New York and the National Book Trade in the Early Republic". January, 2012.


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