Retired Faculty
2009 - Present

Sherry  Smith 
Dedman College  2017

Sherry Smith, University Distinguished Professor of History and co-director of the William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies, joined SMU's faculty in 1999 after teaching at University of Colorado Boulder, University of Wyoming and University of Texas-El Paso. She earned B.A. and M.A. degrees from Purdue University and a Ph.D. from the University of Washington. She published four books, including two major scholarly monographs - Reimagining Indians: Native Americans Through Anglo Eyes, 1880-1940 (2000), which won the James A. Rawley Prize for the best book on race relations from the Organization of American Historians, and Hippies, Indians, and the Fight for Red Power (2012), and numerous scholarly articles and book chapters. Professor Smith coordinated the Clements Center Annual Symposium, convening two - in 2007-2008 and in 2000-2001, and subsequently edited or co-edited those symposia anthologies. Her work on the North American West Native peoples was supported by fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Huntington Library. In 2008-2009 she served as president of the Western History Association. Her presidential address, "Reconciliation and Restitution in the American West," won the Berkshire Prize for Best Article of 2010. She retires as Professor Emerita of history.