Hilda Smith

Hilda Smith

Professor Emerita

Professional Summary

After receiving her PhD from the University of Chicago in 1975, Professor Smith taught at the University of Maryland, College Park, and served as a humanities administrator before coming to UC in 1987. Professor Smith’s basic interests lie in the gendered analysis of political theory and intellectual history, and in the political, philosophical, and scientific writings of early modern women. Reflecting these interests, her scholarship has addressed a broad range of topics, including the gendered nature of citizenship, the aging process, the evolution of the field of women’s history, and feminist critiques of epistemology. Her work is especially concerned with the ways in which reason has come to be associated with men rather than women, both in traditional and in feminist scholarship.


PhD: University of Chicago 1975

Research Support

Grant: #EZ-50065-04 Investigators:Smith, Hilda 09-01-2004 -10-31-2007 National Endowment for the Humanities Nation, Family, and State: Women's Political Writings Role:PI $74,756.00 Closed Level:Federal

Grant: #ED-50311-03 Investigators:Smith, Hilda 04-01-2004 -03-31-2005 National Endowment for the Humanities European Studies: Planning for the Graduate and Undergraduate Curriculum Role:PI $25,000.00 Closed Level:Federal


Early Modern Britain and European Women's History

Courses Taught

European Civilization, 1500-1800

European Civilization, 1800-present

Women in European Society, 1600-1850

Women in European Society, 1850-present

Tudor England, 1485-1603

Stuart England, 1603-1714