Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for the Study of Religion and Society
Research and Teaching Interests
Sociology of Religion, Social Theory, Cultural Sociology, Adolescence
Specializing in the sociology of religion and social theory, Christian Smith joined the Notre Dame faculty in fall 2006, coming from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he served as the Stuart Chapin Distinguished Professor of Sociology. He is the author of several books, including Lost in Transition: The Dark Side of Emerging Adulthood (Oxford University Press, 2011), What is a Person? Rethinking Humanity, Social Life, and Moral Good from the Person Up (University of Chicago Press, 2010), Souls in Transition: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of Emerging Adults (Oxford University Press, 2009) and Moral, Believing Animals: Human Personhood and Culture (Oxford University Press, 2003). What is a Person?, Souls in Transition, and Soul Searching have received numerous awards and recognition. Smith earned his doctoral and master’s degrees from Harvard University.