Andrew Price-Smith

October 11, 1968July 11, 2019
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Andrew Price-Smith, passed away July 11, 2019 after a hard-fought battle with cancer. He was 50 years old. Born in Toronto, Canada, he was a graduate of Queen’s University, before continuing his studies to earn his M.A. from the University of Western Ontario and his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Toronto, where he was known for his work as the founding director of the Project on Health and Global Affairs at the Munk Center for International Studies. He went on to hold a post-doctoral fellowship at the Earth Institute of Columbia University in New York. After tenure track positions at two other universities, he joined the faculty of Colorado College in 2005 and was promoted to rank of full professor in 2017. He was the David Packard Professor of International Relations and Director of the Global Health Initiative at Colorado College.

Andrew’s research and work involved the analysis of the effects of disease, environmental change, and energy scarcity on the security of nations. A cross disciplinary thinker, he specialized in the analysis of effects of disease, environmental change and energy scarcity on the security of nations. His books include: Plagues and Politics (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2001), Health of Nations (MIT Press, 2002, a Grawemeyer Award Finalist for Ideas Improving World Order); Contagion and Chaos; Disease, Ecology and National Security in the Era of Globalization (MIT Press, 2009); Oil, Illiberalism and War (MIT Press, 2015), Rising Threats, Enduring Challenges (Oxford University Press, 2015) with two books, U.S. Foreign Policy in a New Era (Oxford University Press, 2020) and the Carbon Shadow: Climate Change, Global Governance and International Security (MIT Press, 2020) in press at the time of his death. He gave invited lectures in Canada, the UK(Oxford), Europe, and many in the United States. He testified on climate change, disease, and international security before the U.S. House Science and Technology Committee, and acted as advisor for the U.S. Director of National Intelligence (DNI), the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the United Nations Development Program, the World Bank, and the United States Institute of Peace.

Also a talented musician and songwriter, as well as an avid outdoorsman, his passion for life was evident in the way he fought his disease.

He is mourned by his devoted wife Janell and their young children, his sister Adrienne Smith and her children, his mother Cynthia McLeod, his stepsister Heather McLeod Bennett (Kelly) and their children, his father Richard Price Smith and his in-laws Gerry and Maria Harvey. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Marjorie and Harry Price Smith, and Hon. D.C. and Margaret Thomas, and his stepfather Prof. John T. (Jack) McLeod.

A memorial service will be held September 7 at 10:00 a.m. at Shove Chapel at Colorado College. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Andrew Price-Smith Memorial Fund which has been established at Wells Fargo Bank to benefit the education of his young children. P.O. Box 92, 545 3rd St., Monument, CO 80132


  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, September 7, 2019


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Michele De la Rosa-John

October 23, 2019

I am so sorry to hear of Dr. Price-Smith’s passing. I was one of his students at the University of South Florida. I was required to take one of his courses and I fell in love with environmental policy. It was never boring going to his classes and I tried to take every class he offered, but wasn’t able to due to his leaving. I remember being so upset that he left. I’ve continued to read his books as he has published them and knew he was teaching in Colorado. I moved to Arizona two years ago and thought maybe one day I would visit him at the college. I am back in school again and taking similar courses and thought I would check in with him and see if I could connect my studies to his work. The world lost a beautiful soul and such a strong advocate for the environment. I will do my best to connect my studies to his work and continue his legacy. I am so so sorry and I send all my heat wishes to his family.

Ashley Fox

July 14, 2019

I never met Andrew but my research was heavily influenced by his scholarship. His memory and imprint on a generation of scholars lives on.

Josh Busby

July 13, 2019

Drew hosted me and my wife for talks at Colorado College less than 3 years ago and I was saddened to hear of his passing. We both had a passion for global health and music. He had such an easy rapport with colleagues and his students. Such a tremendous loss.

Jeremy Youde

July 13, 2019

Andrew was not just one of the leading lights in the study of global health security, but he was also incredibly generous and kind. He’s a major reason why I do what I do, and he has directly influenced an entire generation of scholars. May his memory be a blessing.