Note: This is an archived profile of a former U.S. Institute of Peace expert. The information is current as of the dates of tenure.
David R. Smock is the vice president, Governance, Law & Society and director of the Religion and Peacebuilding Center. Previously he served as director of the USIP's Grant Program and coordinator of Africa activities.
He has worked on African issues for more than 30 years and lived in Africa for 11 years. As a staff member of the Ford Foundation from 1964 to 1980, he served in Ghana, Kenya, Lebanon, Nigeria and New York.
From 1980 to 1986, Smock served concurrently as director of the South African Education Program, a scholarship program that brings black South African students to U.S. universities, and as vice president for program development and research for the Institute of International Education. After serving as executive associate to the president of the United Church of Christ from 1986 to 1989, Smock became executive director of International Voluntary Services, supervising development projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
He received master’s of divinity degree from New York Theological Seminary and a doctorate in anthropology from Cornell University.