Professor Michael E. Smith holds the chair in International Relations at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. Prior to his current position, he served as a Reader in International Relations at the University of St. Andrews and an Associate Professor of Political Science at Georgia State University in Atlanta, and was also the founder and first co-chair of the “EU as a Global Actor” interest section of the European Union Studies Association (2003-07). In the spring of 2018 he will take up a three-month residency at the European University Institute as a Fellow of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, under their Global Governance/Europe in the World research programme.
A Fulbright scholar to the European Union in Brussels, a Council for European Studies fellow, a visiting research fellow at the Centre for European Policy Studies, and a University of California Institute for Global Conflict and Cooperation/MacArthur Foundation fellow, he holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of California (Irvine) as well as an MA in International Affairs from The George Washington University.
He is an Editorial Board member of Contemporary Security Policy, the Journal of European Public Policy, and European Security, and has also served as an external reviewer for the Economic & Social Research Council (UK) and the Research Executive Agency of the EU (remotely and in Brussels), as an evaluator of academic programmes in the UK, and as a consultant to firms seeking input on bidding for EU research contracts.
His publications include two research monographs with Cambridge University Press, one of the first comprehensive studies of the European Neighbourhood Policy, a 1,600-page edited compendium on European security studies, award-winning journal articles, contributions to over twenty edited volumes, and an innovative research-focused textbook on international security studies now going into its second edition (2017).