Earl Smith


EARL SMITH, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor and author of Race, Sport and the American Dream. Earl Smith, PhD, 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. He is the author of numerous articles, book chapters, and books, including Gender, Power and Violence (2017), The Social Dynamics of Family Violence (2016), Prisoner Reentry and Social Capital (2010), Sport and Social Theory (2010), Race, Sport and the American Dream (2014/2009/2007), Interracial Intimacies (2009); Interracial Relationships (2009); and African American Families: Myths and Realities (2014). He is an adjunct professor and teaches courses in Sociology, African American Studies and Sport Management at George Mason University.