Professor Karen E. Smith

Home » About » CV



Employment history:

2011- Professor of International Relations, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

2004- Director, European Foreign Policy Unit, LSE

2005-2011 Reader in International Relations, LSE

2003-2005 Senior Lecturer in International Relations, LSE

1997-2003 Lecturer in International Relations, LSE

1996-97 Jean Monnet Fellow, European University Institute, Florence, Italy

1989-92 Editor and freelance journalist, Bologna, Italy

Some current professional activities:

Co-director of the cluster on International Institutions, Law and Ethics, International Relations Department, LSE.

Member of Working Group 1 (The future of European governance), Dahrendorf Forum.

Member of the Editorial Board, Global Responsibility to Protect.

Advisory Council, European Peace and Security Studies Programme, Vesalius College, Brussels, Belgium.

Member of the International Advisory Board, The International Spectator.  The International Spectator is Italy’s foremost international relations journal in the English language. It is fully refereed and welcomes submissions on European politics; political, social and economic changes in the Mediteraean and Middle East; the Eurasian Economic Union and China’s Silk Road Ecnomic Belt; the security-development nexus; transatlantic relations; climate change and security; cyber security; and migration policies.


2007 Anna Lindh award for excellence in research on European foreign and security policy. The award was granted by the Volkswagen Foundation, the Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (Stockholm) and the Compagnia di San Paolo (Turin), in the context of the foundations’ European Foreign and Security Policy Studies training programme, which focuses on the prospects of the Common Foreign and Security Policy and the European Security and Defence Policy. The three foundations support research projects that look beyond the national views currently dominating academic and practical approaches towards European foreign and security policy.


1992-1996 London School of Economics and Political Science: PhD in International Relations

1987-1989 Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, Bologna, Italy and Washington DC: MA in International Relations and International Economics

1985-1986 Study at the University of Bologna, Italy

1983-1987 Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA, USA: BA Magna Cum Laude. Elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Major in Political Science


Fluent in Italian; fair knowledge of French and Spanish.

%d bloggers like this: