- U.S. Society and Politics/Policy Perspectives
- Ph.D., Purdue University, May 2011
- M.A., Western Michigan University, May 2006
- B.A., Michigan State University, May 2004
Johnny Smith is the Julius C. "Bud" Shaw Professor of Sports History and Associate Professor of History. His research focuses on the history of sports and American culture.
Smith has authored four books: War Fever: Boston, Baseball, and America in the Shadow of the Great War (written with Randy Roberts); A Season in the Sun: The Rise of Mickey Mantle (written with Randy Roberts); Blood Brothers: The Fatal Friendship Between Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X (written with Randy Roberts); and The Sons of Westwood: John Wooden, UCLA, and the Dynasty That Changed College Basketball. Blood Brothers won the North American Society for Sport History (NASSH) Book Award, and Choice named The Sons of Westwood an "Outstanding Academic Title."
His writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Slate, The Undefeated, Reviews in American History, and The American Historian, among others.
In 2017, Professor Smith was named a Distinguished Lecturer by the Organization of American Historians. He is also a two-time recipient of the Journal of Sport History's Best Article Award (2009; 2018).
- United States
- Inequality and Social Justice
Awards & Distinctions
- Student Recognition of Excellence in Teaching: Class of 1934 Award, Georgia Tech, 2020
- Dean's Distinguished Award for Innovation in Education, Georgia Tech, 2019
- Geoffrey G. Eichholz Faculty Teaching Award, Georgia Tech, 2019
- Class of 1940 Course Survey Teaching Effectiveness Award, Georgia Tech, 2017
- Class of 1940 Course Survey Teaching Effectiveness Award, Georgia Tech, 2016
- CETL/BP Junior Faculty Teaching Excellence Award, Georgia Tech, 2015
- Class of 1969 Teaching Fellow, Georgia Tech, 2014
- Teacher of the Year, Ivan Allen College, Georgia Tech, 2014
- Class of 1940 Course Survey Teaching Effectiveness Award, Georgia Tech, 2014