Professor Smith is from Edinburgh and studied Classics and then Classical Archaeology at Oxford, where he was a Fellow by Examination in Ancient History at Magdalen College (1981-1986). Smith taught Hellenistic and Roman archaeology and art-history at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University from 1986 to 1995. Smith has participated in archaeological fieldwork in Turkey since 1983, at the sites of Oinoanda, Balboura, and Aphrodisias, and has been director of the excavation project at Aphrodisias since 1991. Smith is the Stanley Kelley, Jr. Visiting Professor for Distinguished Teaching in the Department of Art & Archaeology and Classics for the 22/23 academic year.
Roman Portrait Statuary from Aphrodisias: Aphrodisias II (Philipp von Zabern, Mainz, 2006)
Historical and Religious Memory in the Ancient World (Clarendon Press, Oxford 2012), with B. Dignas,
The Marble Reliefs from the Julio-Claudian Sebasteion: Aphrodisias VI (Philipp von Zabern, Darmstadt, 2013)
The Last Statues of Antiquity (Clarendon Press, Oxford, 2016), with B. Ward-Perkins,
Antinous: boy made god (Ashmolean Museum, Oxford 2018)