Earl Smith


Dr. Smith is Professor of Sociology and the Rubin Distinguished Professor of American Ethnic Studies at Wake Forest University. He is the Director of the Wake Forest University American Ethnic Studies Program. Dr. Smith is the former Chairperson of the Department of Sociology, Wake Forest University, from 1997-2005. Prior to his appointment at Wake Forest University, Professor Smith was the Dean, Division of Social Science at Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) in Tacoma, Washington. He also served as Chairperson of the Department of Sociology at PLU. Professor Smith has numerous publications (books, articles, book chapters etc.) in the area of professions, social stratification, family, urban sociology, and has published extensively in the area of the sociology of sport. His professional research focus is urban sociology, criminology and race, ethnic relations and the sociology of sport.  He is the author of numerous books, research articles and book chapters. Several books are sports related including: Sociology of Sport and Social Theory (2010, Human Kinetics Publishers) and Race, Sport and the American Dream (3rd edition 2014 – Carolina Academic Press).

Smith received his Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Connecticut and his B.A. from State University of New York.

For a full curriculum vitae or list of publications, please contact Dr. Smith at smithearl8@gmail.com