Smith, Jeremy Associate Professor

Position: Associate Professor, Sociology and Associate Dean Research
Study area: Humanities and Social Sciences
Location: Mt Helen Campus, Room H240
Phone: 5327 9633


  • Doctor of Philosophy - University of Melbourne - 1996
  • Bachelor of Arts Honours (Sociology) - Monash University - 1989



  • Bachelor of Arts


  • The Sociological Imagination (SOSCI1002)
  • Examining Race and Ethnicity (BASOC2001/3001)
  • Sociology of Deviance (SOCIO2734/3734)


Jeremy Smith has a BA (Honours) from Monash University and a PhD from the University of Melbourne. After graduating from the undergraduate level with a double major in Sociology and Spanish, he completed postgraduate research on long-term processes of state formation and the development of capitalism in Europe. Jeremy has been teaching Sociology in the School of Arts and predecessors since 1996. Currently, he serves as Associate Dean Research (since October 2019). He has been Deputy Head of School (Learning and Teaching) from 2007-11, Associate Dean, Learning and Teaching from 2011-2014 in the Faculty of Education and Arts and Deputy Head of School between 2016 and 2018.

Areas of expertise

Jeremy is predominantly a historical sociologist and social theorist working across a variety of areas. Jeremy’s research expertise also extends into Clemente Education and Japan’s inter-civilizational engagement. Collaborative projects further extend Jeremy’s skillsets into other areas. His interests breaks down into two areas:

(1) Historical sociology

He has primarily researched the historical development of states, capitalism, cities, and inter-civilizational engagement in the Americas since 1492. More recent topics include politics, regions, and cities in the Americas. His research published in several journals: European Journal of Social Theory, Current Sociology, Critical Horizons, Journal of Intercultural Studies, Atlantic Studies and Political Power and Social Theory. He is the author of Europe and the Americas: State Formation, Capitalism and Civilizations in Atlantic Modernity (Brill, 2006) and Debating Civilizations: Interrogating Civilizational Analysis in a Global Age (Manchester University Press, 2017).

Jeremy is a long-term member of Australian Sociological Association (TASA)
International Sociological Association (ISA)

(2) Social theory

In social theory, Jeremy has a particular interest in the multidisciplinary field of social imaginaries. He is a Coordinating Editor of the international journal Social Imaginaries (Zeta Books) and the ‘Social Imaginaries’ book series (Rowman & Littlefield). His current work revolves around the intersection between civilizational analysis and social imaginaries.

Research interests

  • Civilisational analysis (with particular focus on the Americas)
  • Historical sociology and social theory
  • Social imaginaries


Present doctoral students.

Jenny Beacham History of the Ballarat Trades and Labour Council 1854-2010

Matthew Box Terrorism and Border Security: the Moral Panic of the Twenty-first Century in Australia

Lesley Cooper Understanding the role of Transformative Learning in Empowering Students who Experience Family or Interpersonal Violence

Dinesha Fernando Human Rights For and By the People? Securing Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR) in a post-conflict/post-war situation

Viktor Jakupec Foreign Aid: Challenging the Neoliberal Agenda in a Populist Era with a focus on Political Economy Analysis

Matthew Thorley Beyond Limit Events: An Analysis of Civilisation and the Sea



L. Dunaj, K Mertel and JCA Smith (eds) Civilization, Modernity, and Critique: Engaging Johann P. Arnason’s Macro-Social Theory, London: Routledge (forthcoming, under contract)

American Imaginaries: Nations, Societies and Capitalism in the Many Americas London: Rowman & Littlefield (forthcoming)

S Adams and J Smith, Debating Imaginal Politics London: Rowman & Littlefield, 2021. ISBN: 978-1-78661-503-9

S. Adam and J Smith (eds) Social Imaginaries: Critical Interventions in a Paradigm in the Making. London: Rowman & Littlefield, 2019

Debating Civilizations: Interrogating Civilizational Analysis in a Global Age. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2017

Europe and the Americas: State Formation, Capitalism and Civilizations in Atlantic Modernity, with a preface by S N Eisenstadt, Leiden: Brill, 2006

Rundell, J, Petherbridge, D, Bryant, J, Hewitt, J, and Smith, J (eds,) Contemporary Perspectives in Social and Critical Philosophy, Leiden: Brill, 2004

A Mills and J Smith (eds.) Utter Silence: Voicing the Unspeakable, New York: Peter Lang, 2001

Book chapters

Smith, Jeremy C A ‘Civilizations in History and Myth: Considerations on the Imaginary and the Imaginal’ in S. Adam and J Smith (eds) Debating Imaginal Politics: Dialogues with Chiara Bottici. London: Rowman & Littlefield, 2021

Smith, Jeremy ‘History, Civilizations, Imaginaries’ in S. Adam and J Smith (eds) Social Imaginaries: Critical Interventions in a Paradigm in the Making. London: Rowman & Littlefield, 2019

Smith, Jeremy, "Contexts of Capitalism: from the 'unlimited extension of 'rational mastery' to Civilizational Varieties of Accumulation and Economic Imagination" in V. Karalis Cornelius Castoriadis and Radical Democracy. Leiden: Brill, 2014.

Smith, Jeremy 'Capitalism' in S. Adams (ed) Castoriadis: Key Concepts. London: Bloomsbury, 2014.

Smith, Jeremy "Atlantic Capitalism, American Economic Cultures" in S. Arjomand Social Theory and Regional Studies in the Global Age. New York: SUNY Press, 2014.

Refereed journal articles

Smith, Jeremy ‘Encounters and Engagement in the Civilizational Analysis of Japan’ Historicka Sociologie/Historical Sociology Journal, Issue 2, 2021: 31-46, DOI: 10.14712/23363525.2021.16

Smith, Jeremy ‘Southern lights: Metropolitan imaginaries in Latin America’ Thesis Eleven, Vol. 166(1) 118–135, 2021, DOI: 10.1177/07255136211043923

Smith, Jeremy ‘In and Out of Place: Civilizational Interaction and the Making of Australia in Oceania and Asia’ Comparative Civilizations Review, 80, 2019.

Smith, Jeremy ‘North America’s Metropolitan Imaginaries’ Social Imaginaries 4, 2: 43-60, 2018.

Smith, Jeremy ‘Grounds for Engagement: Dissonances and Overlaps at the Intersection of Contemporary Civilizations Analysis and Postcolonial Sociology’, Current Sociology, 63(4): 566-585, 2015.

Adams, S. Blokker, P. Doyle, N. J. Krummel, J.W.M and Smith, J. ‘Social Imaginaries in Debate’ Social Imaginaries 1.1: 15-52, 2015.

Smith, Jeremy ‘Grounds for Engagement: Dissonances and Overlaps at the Intersection of Contemporary Civilizations Analysis and Postcolonial Sociology’, Current Sociology, 63(4): 566-585, 2015.

Smith, Jeremy '''…diversity within unity': Sovereignty, Recognition and Ecology in Indigenous Interpretations of Modernity' Asian Journal of Latin American Studies, Vol. 27 No. 1: 65-87, 2014.

Gervasoni, Ann. Smith, Jeremy. & Howard, Peter. 'Humanities Education as a Pathway for Women in Regional and Rural Australia: Clemente Ballarat', Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2013.

Adams, Suzi, Smith, Jeremy and Straume, Ingerid S. 'Political Imaginaries in Question' Critical Horizons, 13.1: 5-11, 2012. Guest editor for Issue 13.1.

Smith, Jeremy 'Revolutionary Doctrines and Political Imaginaries: American Modernities in the Republican Age, Critical Horizons, 13.1: 52-73, 2012.

Smith, Jeremy 'Modernity and civilization in Johann Arnason's social theory of Japan' European Journal of Social Theory, 14(1), 2011: 41-54

Smith, Jeremy 'The Many Americas: Civilization and Modernity in the Atlantic World' European Journal of Social Theory, 13, 1, 2010 (special issue 'Civilizational Analysis: Themes and Problems')

Smith, Jeremy 'Civilisational analysis and intercultural models of American societies', Journal of Intercultural Studies, 30, 3: 233-248, 2009.

Smith, Jeremy 'Outside and against the Quincentenary: Modern Indigenous Representations at the time of the Colombian Celebrations' Atlantic Studies, 6:1 2009

Mills, Alice and Smith, Jeremy 'How to be Happy by Calling for Change: Constructs of Happiness and Meaningfulness Amongst Social Movement Activists.' The Qualitative Report Vol 13, No 3, September 2008: 432-455

Mills, Alice and Smith, Jeremy, 'Strategies of social activists: an NLP interpretation ' in Borderlands, volume 6 number 1, 2007

Smith, Jeremy 'Civilizational Sociology and Perspectives on the Atlantic', Atlantic Studies, Volume 2, Number 2 2005

Refereed conference proceedings

Gervasoni, Ann, Smith Jeremy and Howard, Peter 'The Ballarat Clemente Program: A doorway to the treasures of humanities education for we "who struggle a little get us back out there into life, and, to see some sort of future." AARE International Education Research Conference, November 11-29 2010, Melbourne

Smith, Jeremy 'Towards a Reflexive Historical Sociology of Japanese Modernity', Coloniality, Postcoloniality and Modernity in Japan, Refereed Papers of the Japanese Studies Association of Australia 10th Biennial Conference, Monash Asia Institute: Melbourne, 2000

Seminar presentations

Multiple co-authors, 'Partnerships in participatory knowledge pathways: Introducing Clemente in Gippsland' Self Determination as Functional ReformALARA Conference 2014, 7 - 9 November 2014

Smith, Jeremy 'The Emergence of Sociology in an Interdisciplinary Context - Nothing but Success?', ISA World Congress, Yokohama, 2014.

Smith, Jeremy 'Civilizational Discourse and Models of Modernity in the Meiji Revolution', Paper for 'Modernizing Moves in the 'Non-Western' World: Historical and Comparative Analyses', ISA World Congress, Yokohama, 2014.

Smith, Jeremy 'At the Interstices of Postcolonialism and Contemporary Civilizations Analysis',Paper to TASA (The Australian Sociological Association Conference), 25 - 28 November 2013

Smith, Jeremy 'Images of modernity in Latin America after colonialism' The 40th IIS World Congress, Delhi, 16-19 February, 2012

Smith, Jeremy 'Castoriadis, capitalism, American economic cultures' Third Annual Conference of Cornelius Castoriadis in the Antipodes, Thursday & Friday November 25/26, 2010, The University of Melbourne.

Smith, Jeremy "Atlantic Capitalism, American Economic Cultures", International Sociological Association XVIII World Congress is Sociology on the Move, Gothenburg Sweden, July 11-17, 2010.


  • Australian Sociological Association (TASA)
  • International Sociological Association (ISA)
  • International Society for the Comparative Study of Civilizations (ISSC)