Peter Smith, Ph.D.

Professor of English
Academic Affairs
School of Humanities and Performing Arts

J.S. Hathaway Hall
Suite 404
204 University Drive
Frankfort, KY 40601


Phone: (502) 597-6317


Dr. Smith regularly teaches ENG 101 and 211, both as traditional and online courses. He is currently the most experienced online teacher at Kentucky State University, having taught online classes every semester since the inception of these classes at KSU. His specialization is in American Fiction, and he also teaches the Survey of American Literature classes (ENG 324, ENG 325) and Special Topics and Literary Heritage classes on American Literature. He also often teaches Shakespeare, Non-Western Literature and Integrative Studies classes. As the division’s resident computer expert, Dr. Smith emphasizes computer-based instruction in all of his classes. He has published journal articles on Melville, Hemingway, and O’Connor, and he is also a Coen brothers film fan and scholar who has presented several conference papers on their work. He was the recipient of the University’s Distinguished Professor Award in 2010.

Degrees and Certifications

  • B.A., M.A., Long Island University
  • Ph.D., University of Notre Dame.