Robert O. Smith

Academic Director, Jerusalem Global Gateway

Robert Smith

Robert O. Smith was appointed academic director of the Jerusalem Global Gateway in October of 2014. He holds concurrent faculty appointments in the Keough School of Global Affairs and in the Department of Theology.  

Before coming to Notre Dame, Smith served for eight years in the Global Mission Unit of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), overseeing church engagement in Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa. Prior to being called to this national role, Smith had served as Lutheran Campus Pastor for the University of Chicago. 

Smith is author of More Desired thanOur Owne Salvation: The Roots of Christian Zionism (Oxford, 2013) and editor, with Swedish scholar Göran Gunner, of Comprehending Christian Zionism: Perspectives in Comparison (Fortress, 2014). For six years, Smith and Gunner co-led the Seminar on Christian Zionism within the American Academy of Religion.

A graduate of Oklahoma State University, Smith holds an M.A. in Islamic studies and master's of divinity from Luther Seminary (St. Paul, Minn.). He completed a Ph.D. in religion, politics and society through Baylor University’s Institute of Church-State Studies.

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