Craig Bruce Smith


Brandeis University


Dr. David Hackett Fischer, Dr. Jane Kamensky, Dr. Gordon
Wood, and the late Dr. Bertram Wyatt-Brown

Academic Interests:

Early America
American Revolution
Rules of War


Rightly to Be Great: Ideas of Honor and Virtue among the American Founders

Bio Note:

Craig Bruce Smith is a PhD candidate (ABD) in American History at Brandeis University, specializing in early American honor and virtue. He is currently finishing his dissertation, Rightly to Be Great: Ideas of Honor and Virtue among America’s Founders, which examines changes in honor and virtue from the run up to the American Revolution through the early republic (advised by David Hackett Fischer, Jane Kamensky, Gordon Wood, and the late Bertram Wyatt-Brown). Smith has been published in the Massachusetts Historical Review, the Journal of Military History, the Encyclopedia of War, the Westchester Historian, and Imprint; and has delivered academic talks for: the United States Military Academy at West Point, Society for Historians of the Early Republic, Society for US Intellectual History, New England American Studies Association, Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Rye Historical Society, and Virginia Tech. In addition to being a Rose and Irving Crown Fellow at Brandeis, he has been awarded fellowships and grants from the Mellon Foundation, Smith Richardson Foundation, United States Military Academy, the Society of the Cincinnati, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the International Center for Jefferson Studies, and the Scherer Center for American Culture. He also has taught numerous college classes on honor, the America Revolution, World War II, and American and European warfare. He presently holds a MA in American history from Brandies and a MA in European history and BA in history from St. John’s University, where he was a presidential scholarship winner and salutatorian.

Added February 2013