Faculty Detail


Dr. Tiffany C. Smythe


Visiting Assistant Professor of Ocean and Coastal Policy

Ph.D. University of Rhode Island, Marine Affairs, 2011
M.A. University of Rhode Island, Marine Affairs, 2007
M.A. Columbia University, Education, 1999
B.A. Columbia University, History, 1995

Research Areas & Interests:

Dr. Smythe is an ocean and coastal policy specialist and interdisciplinary social scientist. Her research areas include new ocean governance arrangements such as marine spatial planning; the resilience of ports and maritime infrastructure to disasters and a changing climate; ocean and coastal governance networks; and applying innovative social science research methods to ocean policy problems.

Courses Taught:
  • SEA Semester: The Global Ocean - Maritime History and Culture; Conservation and Management
  • SEA Semester: Oceans and Climate - Ocean Science and Public Policy
  • U.S. Coast Guard Academy - Ocean and Coastal Governance; Federal Ocean Policy; U.S. Maritime Policy and Strategy; U.S. Maritime History and Policy
  • University of Rhode Island: Research Methods in Marine Affairs