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Drew Smith, Fellowship Mentor

Professor of Urban Ministry, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary


Advisee(s): Larycia Hawkins   

The Rev. Dr. R. Drew Smith earned his bachelor’s from Indiana University, M.Div. from Yale Divinity School, and M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from Yale University. Both a social scientist and clergyman, Smith has initiated and directed a number of projects related to religion and public life, including the Public Influences of African-American Churches Project and the Faith Communities and Urban Families Project. These Projects have collected research data on political involvements, community development activities, and outreach ministries of African-American churches in numerous parts of the United States. He has traveled widely in Africa and Latin America. In 2005, Smith served as a Fulbright professor at the University of Pretoria in South Africa and in 2009 as a Fulbright senior specialist at Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Cameroon. He has also lectured in many international venues including Israel as part of the U.S. State Department’s Speakers Bureau. He has served since 2010 as co-convener of the Transatlantic Roundtable on Religion and Race, an initiative that convenes scholars, religious leaders, and community activists from across the African diaspora and continent for purposes of advancing progressive approaches to persistent racial problems in various contexts throughout the transatlantic region. In addition, as a Baptist clergyman, he has ministered in a number of parish, prison, and campus ministry contexts. Before coming to PTS, Smith was the scholar-in-residence and director of Religion and Public Life Projects at Leadership Center at Morehouse College and is the former director of the Center for Church and the Black Experience at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. He has published widely on religion and public life, having written numerous articles and chapters, and edited five books including: New Day Begun: African American Churches and Civic Culture in Post-Civil Rights America;Long March Ahead: African American Churches and Public Policy in Post-Civil Rights AmericaFreedom’s Distant Shores: American Protestants and Post-Colonial Alliances with Africa; and, most recently, From Every Mountainside: Black Churches and the Broad Terrain of Civil Rights. He is also currently writing a book on contemporary black clergy activism. Smith has received many honors and awards for his academic leadership, including selection in 2002 as an Emerging Leaders Fellow by a Duke University/University of Cape Town program on Leadership and Public Values, and selection in 2008 for an Indiana Governor’s Black Expo Leadership award. 


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