Sydney Smith has a PhD in Mathematics from the University of Colorado-Boulder. He teaches at Hampton-Sydney College. He was co-chair of the of the Virginia Green Party (2014-2017). He is a past delegate to the Green Party National Committee, serving on several individual committees. His major work is The Good American, which explores the suicidal trajectory of American society. It was published by the Institute for Economic Democracy in 2012. His primary interests are ecological, political, and social sustainability.