Dr. Christian Smith

Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology

Contact Information

CPO 2125
Email: smithc3@berea.edu
Personal website

Spring 2021 Session A

Virtual Office Hours

Tue/Fri: 10 a.m. – noon

Christian Smith

Class Schedule

  • SOC 286 CS (Mon/Thur: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm)


Christian Smith received a BA jointly in Applied Mathematics & Statistics and Educational Studies from Macalester College and both an MS and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is proud of his working-class origins. For that reason and many others, he is a longtime admirer of Berea College, its mission, and its history.

His research interests include social stratification, poverty, and the sociology of education, especially higher education. He teaches introductory sociology, research methods, social statistics, and an autobiography-driven course on the link between social class and educational experiences.


Smith, C. M. (2020). In the Footsteps of Siblings: College Attendance Disparities and the Intragenerational Transmission of Educational Advantage. Socius, 6, 2378023120921633.

Hirschl, N., & Smith, C. M. (2020). Well-Placed: The Geography of Opportunity and High School Effects on College Attendance. Research in Higher Education, 61(5): 567-587.

Smith, C. M., Grodsky, E., & Warren, J. R. (2019). Late-stage educational inequality: Can selection on noncognitive skills explain waning social background effects?. Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, 63, 100424.

Hirschl, N., & Smith, C. M. (2018). College attendance among low-income youth: Explaining differences across Wisconsin high schools. Wisconsin Center for Education Research Working Paper No. 2018-6.