Lee Smithey
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Job: Assistant Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at Swarthmore College

The Peace and Conflict Studies Program of Swarthmore College invites applications for a full-time three-year position at the assistant professor level, beginning Fall 2015. Swarthmore College is committed to excellence through diversity in its educational program and employment practices and actively seeks and welcomes applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitment to a more inclusive society and world. Racial minorities and others…See More
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Job: Tenure-track position in Philosophy contributing to Peace and Conflict Studies at Swarthmore College

The job posting below describes a tenure-track position at Swarthmore College in the Philosophy Department with contributions to the Program in Peace and Conflict Studies.  The Philosophy Department at Swarthmore College invites applications for a tenure track position at the level of assistant professor beginning in the fall of 2014. AOS: Ethics. AOC: Social and Political Philosophy. We are especially interested in candidates who have the ability to contribute to the Program in Peace and…See More
Sep 18, 2013
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When Does Repression Backfire? A Global Panel at George Mason University

March 7, 2013 from 7:30pm to 9pm
"When Does Repression Backfire? A Global Panel"THURSDAY March 7; 7:30 pmGeorge Mason UniversityResearch Hall 100Fairfax, Virginia, U.S.A.An impressive global group of scholars and practitioners is developing an edited book titled, The Paradox of Repression. The book focuses on when, why, and how repression often backfires when used against nonviolent activists.  You can learn more about the book and its authors at http://paradox.swarthmore.edu, and…See More
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Please feel free to provide a short bio about yourself or the work of your organization (no more than 3 paragraphs)
Lee A. Smithey is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Peace and Conflict Studies at Swarthmore College where he coordinates the college’s interdisciplinary Peace and Conflict Studies program. He studies social conflict and social movements, especially ethnopolitical conflict and the use of nonviolent methods. He has focused much of his work on Northern Ireland, addressing issues such as conflict transformation and the strategic "choreography" of parading disputes. Some of his publications have also addressed third-party nonviolent intervention and the role of nonviolent social movements in the fall of the Soviet Bloc. Lee is a former Chair of the Peace, War, and Social Conflict section of the American Sociological Association.
Please list the countries and/or regions in which you (or your organization) have direct and significant expertise
Northern Ireland
What is your current country of residence (or location of your organization)?
What is your current job (and organization) and/or where and what field are you studying?
Associate Professor of Sociology and Peace and Conflict Studies at Swarthmore College
How many years professional experience do you have ?
What is your personal or organizational website?
Which are your primary sectoral areas of expertise (or the primary sectoral areas of your organization) ?
Civil Society, Education, Peacebuilding
Which are your primary skills areas(or the primary skill areas of your organization)?
What are some of your current areas of research (if any)?
nonviolent social movements, conflict transformation
If appropriate feel free to list several of your (or your organization's) publications
Smithey, Lee A. 2011. Unionists, Loyalists, and Conflict Transformation in Northern Ireland. Oxford ; New York: Oxford University Press.

Smithey, Lee A. and Michael P. Young. 2010. "Parading Protest: Orange Parades in Northern Ireland and Temperance Parades in Antebellum America." Social Movement Studies 9(4):393-410.

Smithey, Lee A. 2009. "Conflict Transformation, Cultural Innovation, and Loyalist Identity in Northern Ireland." Pp. 85-106 in Culture and Belonging in Divided Societies: Contestation and Symbolic Landscapes, edited by M. Ross. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

Smithey, Lee A. 2009. "Social Movement Strategy, Tactics, and Collective Identity." Sociology Compass 3:658-71.

Smithey, Lee A. and Lester R. Kurtz. 2003. "Parading Persuasion: Nonviolent Collective Action as Discourse in Northern Ireland." Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change 24:319-59.

Smithey, Lee and Lester R. Kurtz. 1999. "We Have Bare Hands: Nonviolent Social Movements in the Soviet Bloc." Pp. 96-124 in Nonviolent Social Movements, edited by S. Zunes, L. Kurtz, and S. B. Asher. Malden, Massachusetts: Blackwell Publishers.

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At 11:24am on January 31, 2012, Kira Kern said…

Hi Professor Smithey!  Great to hear from you! I'm in DC right now at Georgetown.  I'll make sure to join the group!

At 12:54pm on April 6, 2011, Muhammad Tahir Tabassum said…

Dear Lee,

Very happy to go through your profile in peace network.

We can be good friend and partners on similar causes.

In Peace.
At 3:25pm on February 6, 2011, Jeffrey Stevenson Murer said…

Hi Lee:!  I am so sorry I did not respond before.  Frankly I use this board to keep up on application deadlines and what not, and so I do not check my mail box.  I hope this note finds you well.  I hope your work is going well.  I am meeting so many people doing interesting work on Belfast and community relations.  I was at a conference at Queens last spring and a friend of mine took me on a walking tour.  I saw your Martin Luther King mural on the Falls Road.  Next time you are over in NI, you would be most welcome in Scotland.  Perhaps we could arrange for you to give a talk here.  

With warm wishes,


At 3:44pm on March 21, 2008, Chris LeGore said…

I hope to open a line of communication with you. It seems we share some common interests so I wanted to make my introduction. I'm Chris from New Orleans. I'm studying Comparative legal systems at Tulane Law School and am very interested in Human Rights and Mediation and Negotiation. Given our common interests this might be a good way to start communication so we can refer to each other in the future. Please take a minute to view my page and leave a message if you like.


P.S. Any chance of you stopping the fighting between O'bama and Clinton? It sounds like you may be able to do something before actual fisticuffs ensue. :)
At 10:28pm on January 31, 2008, Rosen Dimov said…
hello! so pleased to see your achievements!

If you have a way round Bulgaria, do not forget to contact me...otherwise, see you around the world!

all the best,
At 12:20am on January 20, 2008, Athenia said…
Dear Lee Smithey,
I m very glad to write you this mail.I m student in afrivca and i m very interested to be in touch with you that i can exchange ideas with you.I respect your profil and though that i m far from you i want to be your penpal. You know i m deeply interested for Peace and Conflisct Stidies and that is paramount.Sincerely i will be happy to exchange with you.I m living in a continenet where this program is neccessary but i never learn about it.So to be in connection with you will be very interesteing and good.
i hope to read you soon.
blessed be.

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