Christian Smith is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Sociology at the University of Notre Dame, Director of the Center for the Study of Religion and Society, Director of the Notre Dame Center for Social Research, Principal Investigator of the National Study of Youth and Religion, and Principal Investigator of the Science of Generosity Initiative.
Smith’s scholarly interests focus on American religion, sociological theory, cultural sociology, adolescents and emerging adults, generosity, the philosophy of social science, and personalism.
Sociology of religion; theories of personhood and human development; social theory; cultural sociology; adolescence
Critical realist personalism, human development, and personal and social ethics; the social-scientific study of human generosity; the religious and spiritual lives of American emerging adults; religion and science.
Three Decades Ago, America Lost Its Religion. Why?
Sep 26, 2019
Christian Smith, a sociology and religion professor at the University of Notre Dame, was mentioned in an article published by The Atlantic.
Higher Education Is Drowning in BS
Jan 9, 2018
Faculty Fellow Chris Smith (sociology and theology) shares an opinion piece in the Chronicle of Higher Education on the state of universities today that he finds "mortally corrosive of our larger culture and politics."