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Sarah A. Morgan Smith, Ph.D.
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Sarah A. Morgan Smith, Ph.D.


Sarah Augusta Morgan Smith is a New Jersey native who earned her Ph.D. in political science from Rutgers University. She is a scholar of American political thought and religion whose work focuses on making connections between the past and present in a way that promotes human dignity and growth. She is particularly interested in exploring the ways thinkers in early modern England and America answered the question, “What kind of people must we be?”

Smith has written extensively about the role of theology in both fostering political resistance and sustaining civic commitments. Most recently, her work has appeared in History of Political ThoughtLaw and LibertyUnio cum ChristiNewsweek, and Current.

Smith’s interest in the ongoing ramifications of historical debates is long standing and reflects her background in public history and civic education. Smith has worked on educational programming and exhibitions at a wide range of organizations, including the Morris Museum, the Hermitage National Historic Landmark, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and the Center for Christian Civics. She currently serves as a member of the Scholar Advisory Council of the Faith and Liberty Discovery Center, a project of the American Bible Society.