I am an associate professor in the University of Leeds Department of Philosophy and Director of the University of Leeds Program in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.
My primary area of research is moral and political philosophy. I have strong interests in research intersections with urban studies and geography, and have an interest in applying reflections about the nature of technology to questions in philosophy of action.
In addition to moral and political theory, I've published in jurisprudence, philosophy of action, and metaethics.
My current research project approaches questions in normative ethics and political theory from the perspective of practical agency embedded in a social world. This involves drawing from research in psychology, urban geography, architecture, disability studies, technology studies, literary theory, and economics.
I was originally trained—in college and for my MA—in philosophy of mind and metaphysics and I continually return to these topics in my research.
The Department of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill awarded me a PhD in 2004. Gerald Postema supervised my PhD (with Tom Hill, Geoff Sayre-McCord, Jesse Prinz, and Michael Corrado also on the committee). From 2004 - 2012, I was an assistant professor and then an associate professor at Yale University in the Department of Philosophy and an affiliate in Yale's Program in Ethics, Politics, and Economics. I was also an occasional Lecturer in Law at the Yale Law School. In Fall 2012, I moved to the University of Leeds.
My MA, received in 2000, was a critical examination of Jaegwon Kim's argument against non-reductive materialism. Bill Lycan supervised it. My BA is from Brown University where I studied Philosophy and Greek Classics. Victor Caston was my advisor.
Before relocating to Leeds, I was an avid ultimate frisbee player, playing at 7:00 am year-round in Prospect Park. Working in my community garden was a central joy of my life and being a member of the Park Slope Food Coop was a source of humor, friendship, and great food (mock me all you want!). I've taught several classes for Trade School, including an especially fun night of Trade School at the Whitney. I am now an enthusiastic walker in the Yorkshire Dales.
Download my complete CV as PDF here (last updated October 2016).
You can email me at: m DOT smith AT leeds DOT ac DOT uk