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Smith, Bonnie G. (1940–) - European History

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Bonnie G. Smith was born on June 30, 1940, in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Her father was a clergyman; her mother was a full-time homemaker. Growing up, she was influenced by her parents’ political and social activism. A love of history, an interest in culture and society, and her involvement in the women’s movement provided the impetus for Smith to become a historian. She attended Smith College, earning a bachelor’s degree there in 1962. She went on to graduate school at the University of Rochester, earning a Ph.D. in 1976.

Smith’s first academic appointment was at the University of Rochester, where she was a lecturer in history from 1976 to 1977. From 1977 to 1981 she was assistant professor of history at the University of Wisconsin at Parkside. She left Wisconsin to return to the University of Rochester, where she was assistant professor from 1981 to 1984, associate professor from 1984 to 1988, and professor from 1988 to 1990. Since 1990 Smith has been professor of history at Rutgers University. She has also held visiting appointments at the University of California at Irvine, Universitat Bielefeld, and Princeton University. She also spent a year as Directeur d’études associés at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes in France.

Bonnie Smith is the author, co-author, editor, or co-editor of five books. Her first book, Ladies of the Leisure Class: The Bourgeoises of Northern France in the Nineteenth Century , published in 1981 and subsequently translated into French and Japanese, explores the domestic life of women in the families that ran the textile industry in the Nord. For that work and her second book, Confessions of a Concierge , Smith became known as a historian who drew on the skills of the anthropologist in her research. She is also the author of twenty articles and three books in progress. One of those, Pages from History: Imperialism , is forthcoming.

Smith has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies at Princeton University, the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Humanities Center, and the University of Rochester. In 1979 she received the University of Wisconsin’s Distinguished Teaching Award. Smith also designed a project, co-sponsored by the Organization of American Historians, to integrate the study of women into survey courses. She has served as a consultant to the Selection Committee of Brown University’s Pembroke Center and as referee and consultant for over twenty publishers and for several journals. She has been on the board of editors of French Historical Studies , a consulting editor to Feminist Studies , and on the board of associate editors for Journal of Women’s History .

Smith’s professional service also includes serving on several committees for the American Historical Association, the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians, and the Society for French Historical Studies. She has led a faculty development seminar and served on a dissertation fellowship review panel for the National Endowment for the Humanities. She has also been active in planning advanced placement tests in European history, serving on and currently chairing the Educational Testing Service’s Advanced Placement European History Test Development Committee.

Bonnie Smith’s spouse is Donald R. Kelley. She has two children, Patience H. Smith and Patrick W. Smith, and one stepson, John R. Kelley. Her interests include art, music, and theater.

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