Nicholas Smith

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Assistant Professor
Academic Literacy and Linguistics


Office: N-499J

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Phone: +1 (212) 220-1409

Nicholas Ryan Smith is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Academic Literacy and Linguistics, where he specializes in teaching Critical Thinking courses.

Before joining BMCC in 2015, Smith taught philosophy courses at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, St. Francis College, the University of Auckland, and Wake Forest University.

Smith’s research falls primarily in moral philosophy, especially virtue ethics. Additionally, he maintains an active interest in several other branches of philosophy, including epistemology, the philosophy of science, and ancient Greek philosophy.


Virtue Ethics, Ethical Theory, Philosophy, Critical Thinking


  • Ph.D. University of Auckland, Philosophy, 2015.
  • M.A. Stony Brook University, Philosophy, 2008.
  • B.A. University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Philosophy and Religious Studies (double major), 2006.

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