Dean Smith

Dean Smith in dark suit, white shirt, shiny moss green tie and brown hair with curtains in the background
Director, Duke University Press & Adjunct Professor, MPS in Publishing, George Washington University
1925 Ballenger Avenue
Suite 250
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
United States
[email protected]

Areas of Expertise

  • Book Publishing
  • Journal Publishing
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Strategic Planning

Dean Smith is currently the Director of Duke University Press. Previously he was the Director of Cornell University Press, where he oversaw a program that published 150 new books a year and featured 3,000 titles in print. His career in publishing spans 29 years and includes experience in scholarly, STM, trade and association-based publishing.

His career has evolved with the profession in a variety of roles such as journal publisher, director of electronic publishing, vice president of sales and marketing, society publisher and press director. Dean Smith brings a wealth of experience in leading digital publishing initiatives, global sales and marketing expertise, and strategic planning skills. He conceived and launched the University Press Content Consortia on Project MUSE--a multi-publisher e-book initiative which features 35,000 eBooks to sit alongside 600 scholarly journals on the leading digital platform in the humanities and social sciences. 

He is a published author, poet and freelance journalist. His book acquisitions include Professor at Large: The Cornell Years by John Cleese and Cornell ’77: The Magic, Mystery and Magnificence of the Grateful Dead’s Concert at Barton Hall.


  • Bachelor of Arts in English, University of Virginia, 1985
  • Master of Fine Arts, Columbia University, 1989


  • Never Easy, Never Pretty: A Fan, A City and a Championship Season (Temple, 2012)
  • American Boy, (Washington Writers Publishing House, 2000) poems


  • Steering Committee, Association of Learned Professional and Society Publishers, 2011-15

Classes Taught

  • Book and Journal Publishing