David J. Smith is a recognized authority on peacebuilding, conflict resolution, and global education.
He has nearly 30 years’ experience as a practicing lawyer, family and community mediator, college professor, author, senior manager, and consultant. He has taught and consulted at all levels of higher education and has worked and consulted with over 150 colleges and universities around the U.S. He has given over 500 talks on peacebuilding, social justice, conflict resolution, and international education. In addition, he has worked extensively with secondary schools and supported teachers in their classroom efforts.
At the U.S. Institute of Peace during 2005-2012 his efforts resulted in the expansion and development of peace and conflict approaches in education, especially at the community college level. From 1992-2005 he was full-time faculty at Harford Community College where she served as chair of the faculty. He has also taught at Georgetown University, Towson University, Goucher College, Stevenson University, and currently at George Mason University. During 2003-2004 he was a U.S. Fulbright Scholar teaching at the University of Tartu in Estonia. He also served as chair of the Human Rights Commission of the City of Rockville, MD.
He is currently the president of the Center for Peacebuilding and Humanitarian Education, Inc., a not for profit offering experiential training for college and university students.
Smith is the author of Legal Research and Writing (Cengage Learning, 1996) and editor of Peacebuilding in Community Colleges: A Teaching Resource (USIP Press, 2013). He has published in the Huffington Post, Chronicle of Higher Education, Conflict Resolution Quarterly, Community College Journal, and the Journal of Peace Education. In 2016, Information Age Publishing will publish his book Peace Jobs: A Student’s Guide to Starting a Career Working in Peace.
He has a BA degree from American University, an MS in conflict analysis and resolution from George Mason University, and JD from the University of Baltimore.