Robert Smith

About Robert Smith

Mr. Smith joined the History Faculty at PSU in 2015. He teaches courses in US and World History.


  • MA, History, Pittsburg State University, May 2014. Thesis, Types of Mankind - Scientific Racism in the United States Scientific Community in the 19th Century
  • BA, Librarianship + Russian, Brighton Polytechnic,  June 1980

Courses Taught

  • HIST 101 - World History to 1500
  • HIST 202 - American History from 1865

Current Research Projects

  • History of Joplin Jalopy - a B-24 Liberator "purchased" by the City of Joplin, MO during WWII and briefly exhibited in Joplin After the War
  • Montague Reaney Chidson - A British Army officer. The first man to engage in aerial combat over the United Kingdom (during World War i, on Christmas Day 1914),  later still a member of the British Secret Service (SOE, MI5 and MI6) before, during and after the Second World War.


  • Early World History
  • History of Military Aviation
  • Black History and the History of Scientific Racism in the United States
  • History of the United States Eugenics movement

Publications and Presentations

  • Rambles in the Air (Blog)
  • Joplin's Bomber (Blog)
  • "Of One Being with the Father: Scientific Racism in the United States Scentific Community in the 19th Century" Phi Alpha Theta Annual Conference, March 2014.
  • "Cousin America: British Attitudes to the American Revolution" Joplin Kiwanis, July 2018
  • "The Meopham Air Crash, 90 years on"  BBC TV South East News interview,  July 2020


  • Organization of American Historians 

Robert Smith
Robert Smith, MA MCLIP
Lecturer of History

Phone: (620) 235-4002

Office: 319 Russ Hall

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