Skip to main content
Main Logo for Providence College

Steven Carl Smith

Associate Professor

Contact Information:

ssmith32@providence.edu

401.865.2726

Ruane Center for the Humanities 134

Education:

Ph.D. - University of Missouri

Area(s) of Expertise:

Steven Carl Smith is a historian of Revolutionary and early National America with research and teaching interests in media, politics, and urban history. His first book, "An Empire of Print: The New York Publishing Trade in the Early American Republic," published in June 2017 by the Pennsylvania State University Press as part of the Penn State Series in the History of the Book, traces the development of Manhattan's publishing trade from the end of the Revolution to the age of Jackson. Named the 2012 Malkin New Scholar by the Bibliographical Society of America, he is formerly the Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in Early American Literature & Material Texts at the University of Pennsylvania's McNeil Center for Early American Studies. He has received fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Antiquarian Society, the Library Company of Philadelphia, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the New York Public Library, the New York State Archives, the New York State Library, and the New York Historical Association. He has published essays on the history of the book in early America and political culture in seventeenth-century Maryland.

Selected Publications:

Smith, S. (2017) "The Many Histories of Books in the Early American Republic". Journal of the Early Republic.(37), 537-553.

Smith, S. (2017) An Empire of Print: The New York Publishing Trade in the Early American Republic. University Park, PA: The Pennsylvania State University Press

Smith, S. (2014) 'Convicted of a Scandalous Offence against the Government': Political Culture and the English Civil War in Colonial Maryland. Maryland Historical Magazine.(109), 279-306.

Smith, S. (2014) "'A Rash, Thoughtless, and Imprudent Young Man': John Ward Fenno and the Federalist Literary Network". Literature in the Early American Republic.(6), 1-35.

Smith, S. (2012) "'Elements of Useful Knowledge': New York and the National Book Trade in the Early Republic". Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America .(106), 487-538.

Smith, S. (2012) "'For and About Women': Dorothy Jurney and 'The Woman's Network'". Challenging Images of Women in the Media: Reinventing Women's Lives.121-132.

Smith, S. (2010) "Colonial Maryland". Encyclopedia of U.S. Political History.

Smith, S. (2010) "Press and Printers". Encyclopedia of U.S. Political History.

Selected Presentations:

Smith, S. Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing Annual Conference. , Victoria, B.C., Canada - ""DeWitt Clinton, My Most Implacable Enemy, Has Died": Politics in the Margins in the Early American Republic" June, 2017

Smith, S. Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing Annual Conference. , Paris, France - "Who Read the Newspaper in the Early American Republic?" July, 2016

Smith, S. Early American Material Texts Conference. McNeil Center for Early American Studies & the Library Company of Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA - "The Subscription Book Trade in Early America" May, 2016

Smith, S. Society for History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing. , Montreal, Canada - "Print Culture and the Politics of History in the Early American Republic" July, 2015

Smith, S. City University of New York Early American Republic Seminar. The Graduate Center, CUNY, New York, NY - "Print Culture and the Politics of History in the Early American Republic" March, 2015

Smith, S. Boston Immigration & Urban History Seminar. Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston, MA - "'I Had Ample Opportunity to Notice the City as it then Was': Social and Economic Geographies in New York City, 1783-1830" February, 2015

Smith, S. Social Science History Association. , Toronto, Canada - "Patterns and Dynamics of Economic Geographies" November, 2014

Smith, S. Thirty-Ninth Annual Meeting. Social Science History Association , Toronto, Canada - "Gotham’s Grub Street: Social and Economic Geographies in the New York Publishing Trade, 1783-1830" November, 2014

Smith, S. Annual Conference. New England Historical Association, Rindge, New Hampshire - "'My Designed History of the Present Glorious Contest for Liberty': Print Culture and the Politics of History in the Early American Republic" October, 2014

Smith, S. Seventh Bi-Annual Conference. Urban History Association, Philadelphia, PA - "'I Had Ample Opportunity to Notice the City as it Then Was': Social and Economic Geographies in New York City, 1783-1830" October, 2014

Smith, S. Friday Seminar. McNeil Center for Early American Studies, Philadelphia, PA - "Print Culture and the GIS Turn" February, 2014

Smith, S. North American Labor History Conference. , Detroit, MI - "'The Old Slippers': Class Geographies in the New York Publishing Trade, 1783-1830" October, 2013

Smith, S. Early American Literature & Material Texts Workshop. McNeil Center for Early American Studie, Philadelphia, PA - "'New Connections, Leading to a More Extensive and Certain Trade, are Formed': Interstate Trade Networks in the Early Republic" July, 2013

Smith, S. The Business History Conference. , Columbus, OH - "'A Rash, Thoughtless, and Imprudent Young Man': John Ward Fenno & the Federalist Literary Network" April, 2013

Smith, S. Annual Meeting. Bibliographical Society of America, New Scholars Panel, New York, NY - "'Elements of Useful Knowledge': New York and the National Book Trade in the Early Republic" January, 2012

Smith, S. Annual Conference on New York State History. , Cooperstown, NY - "Print Culture and Everyday Life in Early New York, 1790-1830" June, 2011

Click here for website