Smith elected to Fellowship of Royal Historical Society

Huntington, Ind.—The quality of Dr. Tim Smith’s academic research has been officially recognized by his fellow historians. The Huntington University professor has been successfully elected to the Fellowship of the prestigious Royal Historical Society.

Fellowships are awarded only to those historians who have made “an original contribution to historical scholarship in the form of significant published work,” normally a book or several substantial scholarly articles. Smith, assistant professor of history, was elected to the general membership of the Royal Historical Society in 2007. His elevation to the Fellowship was supported by the acclaimed decolonization historian and fellow of the Royal Historical Society, Dr. L.J. Butler. Fellows represent the highest level of membership within the Society and are entitled to use the status title “FRHistS.”

Smith joined the Huntington University faculty in the fall of 2007. He previously taught history at the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom, including courses on “Britain and Empire” and “America and Vietnam.”

Smith’s research examines British decolonization in South and Southeast Asia. He is particularly interested in British policy toward French Indo-China. He is the author of “Britain and the Origins of the Vietnam War 1943-50” (2007). Smith also has published a number of articles in leading journals and for the BBC. He is currently working on a new study of Winston Churchill and Second World War post-hostilities planning.

Smith earned his Honors Bachelor of Arts degree in economic and social history from Leicester University, his Master of Arts degree in Asian history from London University, and his Ph.D. in history from the University of East Anglia.

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Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S.News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).  


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