About

SmithTran_headshotI am an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Texas Christian University (TCU). I am also a faculty affiliate for Comparative Race & Ethnic Studies and Women & Gender Studies. I earned my Ph.D. in Sociology from Case Western Reserve University. In addition, I have a M.A. in Magazine, Newspaper, and Online Journalism from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University and a B.A. in Sociology from Oberlin College with a minor in African-American Studies.

My research has been published in Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, Teaching Sociology, Journal of Sport and Social Issues, Sociological Spectrum, Sociological Focus, and Humanity & Society, among others. Broadly speaking, my research and teaching interests include topics related to medical sociology, aging & the life course, the intersections of race, class, & gender, sociology of sport & leisure, and qualitative methodology.

I am serving as the Chair of the Sport, Leisure, and the Body Division of the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) from 2019-2021, and am a member of the editorial board for Humanity & Society.