David Livingstone Smith is professor of philosophy at the University of New England. He serves as an Advisor for the vertex of Genocide, Holocaust and Disaster Studies at the Council for Global Cooperation.
Smith is an interdisciplinary scholar, whose publications, include Freud’s Philosophy of the Unconscious (Kluwer, 1999), Less Than Human: Why We Demean, Enslave and Exterminate Others (St. Martins Press, 2011), On Inhumanity: Dehumanization and How to Resist It (Oxford University Press 2020), Making Monsters: The Uncanny Power of Dehumanization (Harvard University Press, 2021) among others. He was described in the Times Literary Supplement as “a philosopher seeking not just to interpret the world but to change it.”
He has been featured in prime-time television documentaries, is often interviewed and cited in the national and international media. He was a speaker at the 2012 G20 Economic Summit at Los Cabos, Mexico and has won the 2012 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for non-fiction. Smith holds a MA from Antioch University and a Ph.D. in philosophy from the Kings College, University of London.