Michael Smith, Ph.D

Associate Professor

Michael T. Smith is an Associate Professor in English and Communication. He received his Phd from Purdue University, West Lafayette in 2014. He was a founding member of the transdisciplinary studies program at Purdue. Following this position, he worked in Saudi Arabia before coming to AUA. His primary research interests include transdisciplinarity, literary studies, and film.

Higher education

  • May 2014, PhD, Purdue University
  • May 2009, MA, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
  • May 2005, BS, University of Illinois at U-C

Courses taught:

  • EC 104: Introduction to Composition
  • EC 290 Research Methods


  • “Disability on Film: An Exploration of Film Codes’ Obstructiveness in City Lights and Children of a Lesser God.” Canadian Journal of Disability Studies. Forthcoming 2021.
  • “The Animal in Pope’s Essay on Man.” Trace: Journal for Human-Animal Studies 7 (2021).
  • “Not Privy to The Conversation: Harry Caul as a Peripheral Character in Coppola’s Film.” Cineaction. (May 2020).
  • “A Stationary Stroll through Hong Kong: An Exploration of the Flâneur in a Groundless City. Yonsei Journal 11.2 (Winter 2019).
  • “Kyu: A Semantic Analysis of Kin-Dza-Dza!” Quarterly Review of Film and Video 8 (2017): 765-774.
  • Smith, Michael. Evans, Jeff. “Storytelling as Transdisciplinarity: An Experiment in First-Year Composition and Communication” (Chapter) Educational Technology and Narrative: Story and Instructional Design. Eds. Brad Hokanson, et al. Springer: 103-113.
  • Evans, Jeffrey; Seipel, Justin; Smith, Michael. “Our Journey into Learning Innovation and Competency-Based Education.”
    -Polytechnic Institute Summit 2017. Conference Proceedings (June 2017) Online.
  • Exeter, Marisa; Gray, Colin; Smith, Michael. “Integrating Liberal Education Perspectives in a Transdisciplinary Design Studio.” Polytechnic Institute Summit 2017. Conference Proceedings (June 2017) Online.
  • “The Dedalus Complex: A Lacanian Analysis of James Joyce’s Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.” Symbolism: An International Annual of Critical Aesthetics 16 (2016): 251-269.
  • “The Postmodernism of Postmodernism: It’s a ‘Funny’ Story.” Philologist: Journal of Language, Literature, and Cultural Studies 7.13 (2016): 455-66.
  • “Stanley Kubrick’s Wet Dream: A Reading of Bodily Fluids in Dr. Strangelove.” Cinematic Codes Review 1.1 (Spring 2016): 91-109.
  • “You Know My Name (Look up the Number): The Structural Significance of Plato’s Lambda Formula in John Donne’s ‘A Litany.’” Renascence LXVI.4 (Fall 2014): 235-254.
  • “Silence in Frederick Wiseman’s Documentaries.” Studies in Documentary Film 7.1 (2013): 31-44. ISSN: 17503280; Online ISSN: 17503299
  • “A Theoretical Analysis of the Phonology of Classic Rock Lyrics” SONUS 33.2 (Spring 2013): 21-30. FEIN #222533919
  • “Notes on Buster Keaton” Kinema: A Journal for Film and Audiovisual Media 38 (Fall 2012): 91-102.
  • “A Manifesto on Bad Films” Bright Lights Film Journal 78 (November 2012). Online.


E-mail: [email protected]

Phone: +37460 61 2673

Office location: PAB 135W

Office hours: MW 1:30-4:00, Tu-Th 3:00-4:00