Erec Smith is an Associate Professor of Rhetoric at York College of Pennsylvania, and co-founder of Free Black Thought, a small group of scholars, technologists, parents, and American citizens determined to amplify vital black voices that are rarely heard on mainstream platforms. Smith is also a Writing Fellow for Heterodox Academy and serves as an advisor for the Institute for Liberal Values as well as Counterweight.
At York College of Pennsylvania, Smith’s research is mostly focused on political rhetoric, Buddhist philosophy and rhetoric, rhetorics of diversity, composition pedagogy, and discourse and identity. He has published many works, including The Making of Barack Obama, The Politics of Persuasion: An Exploration, A Critique of Anti-Racism in Rhetoric and Composition, and The Semblance of Empowerment.
Smith has a B.A. in English from Ursinus College, an M.A. in English from the University of Illinois, with a concentration in Literature, and a Ph. D. in English also at the University of Illinois with a concentration in Language, Literacy, and Rhetoric.
“I believe the various ‘tribes’ in American society are a result of an inability to do two things: Acknowledge that other groups have a particular concatenation of values, attitudes, and beliefs; and recognize that, quite often, our differences do not stem from a difference in values, attitudes, and beliefs, but difference in how we relate to them.”