Dr. Smith received his Ph.D. in History at the University of South Carolina (1999). He is Chair and Graduate Program Director at Liberty University. Smith specializes in American and European religious and intellectual history. He has various publications including A Cautious Enthusiasm: Mystical Piety and Evangelicalism in Colonial South Carolina (Univ. of South Carolina Press, 2013), recognized as one of the first academic studies of the Great Awakening in the lower colonial South. As a result of this book, Smith was asked to write the chapter on “Southern Evangelicalism” in early America for a forthcoming book by Oxford University Press. Recently Smith published Among the Deplorables: Confessions of a Populist Evangelical (KDP, 2020) where he argues for a populist and conservative Christian approach to social and political action.