Craig W. Smith

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Craig W. Smith

Title: Special Lecturer
Office: 147 O'Dowd Hall
Phone: (248) 370-2739
Fax: (248) 370-2748

As a young man, Craig Smith worked on the editorial staff of The New Yorker while moonlighting with the gay and queer press, and engaging in AIDS activism and LGBTQIA+ community awareness. He later wrote his doctoral dissertation on The New Yorker's fraught history with LGBTQIA+ authors and subject matter. Individual and community care giving have been central to his life. He contributes to both scholarly and creative journals as critic, poet, and fiction writer.


B.A. English, University of Michigan, 1984 
Ph.D. English, Wayne State University, 2003


Interests include LGBTQIA+ and feminist literature and theory,
intersections of poetry and cinema, and the confluences of education
and love from Classical to contemporary cultures.

Teaching Philosophy

We can never fully know another person, because each person is
infinite. We are here in this life for a short time, to connect with
one another through empathy. The vocation of the teacher is to provide
students with ways of exploring their own infinity, and to do so
kindly, gently, and without presumption.

Teaching writing and rhetoric at Oakland University since 2002; he
also teaches literature and critical theory for the Honors College.

Photo by Christian De Ruiter.