Associate Dean of the College of Sciences and Humanities
Teaching and Research Specialties
U.S. diplomatic, international relations, World War Two
Kevin Smith was chairperson of the History Department from July 2010 to June 2016. He is the author of several articles and Conflict over Convoys: Anglo-American Logistics Diplomacy in the Second World War (Cambridge University Press, 1996). He received Ball State's 2004 Outstanding Faculty Service Award and its 1996 Outstanding Junior Faculty Award and was a finalist for the university's 1997 Excellence in Teaching Award. He helped prepare materials for and appeared on the WIPB-produced and nationally-distributed Digital Media Experience, "Echoes of War: Stories from the Big Red One" (view program and related resources at http://www.bsu.edu/echoesofwar). Smith has begun research on his second book, Hoosier Statesmen, which will explore the role prominent residents of Indiana have played in shaping U.S. foreign relations. This research led to the publication of "Reassessing Roosevelt's view of Chamberlain after Munich: Ideological Affinity in the Geoffrey Thompson-Claude Bowers Correspondence," in Diplomatic History. He is the 2002 faculty recipient of Ball State's Benjamin V. Cohen Peace Studies Faculty Fellowship. Smith served as Assistant Chair of the Department of History, 2001-2007, on the University Strategic Planning Task Force, 2006-2007, and on the Task Force of the Ball State University College of Sciences and Humanities for Teacher Education Reform, 1998-2007.