William S. Smith

About William S. Smith

Research Fellow and Managing Director at the Center for the Study of Statesmanship

Bill earned his PhD with distinction at CUA. He holds a master’s degree in political philosophy from CUA and a bachelor’s in history from Georgetown University. His dissertation explored war and peace in democratic societies by applying critiques of Romanticism offered by Irving Babbitt, the esteemed Harvard scholar. Mr. Smith’s thesis links Babbitt’s concept of democratic imperialism to certain theorists of democracy, particularly Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and makes historical and contemporary applications.

Mr. Smith also has 25 years of experience in government and in corporate roles. His career has included senior staff positions for the Republican House leadership on Capitol Hill, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, and in the Governor’s office in Massachusetts. He then spent ten years at Pfizer Inc as Vice President of Public Affairs and Policy where he was responsible for Pfizer’s corporate strategies for the U.S. policy environment. He later served as a consultant to major pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device companies.

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