Philip Smith

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Professor of Sociology
Ph.D., Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles, 1993
M.A., Social Anthropology, University of Edinburgh, 1986
Areas of Interest: 
Culture/Knowledge; Deviance, Crime and Law; Political Sociology and Social Movements; Theory.
493 College St, Room 302
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Philip Smith works in the area of cultural sociology and cultural theory. He is responsible for a dozen books and over sixty articles and chapters. His most recent book is Durkheim and After (Polity 2020) which offers an intellectual history of the Durkheimian paradigm from its beginnings until today. Other monographs include Climate Change as Social Drama (Cambridge 2015); Incivility: The Rude Stranger in Everyday Life (Cambridge 2010); Why War? The Cultural Logic of Iraq, the Gulf War and Suez (Chicago, 2005); and Punishment and Culture (Chicago, 2008). His textbook Cultural Theory: An Introduction (Blackwell 2001) is well known to students globally and has been translated into several languages.

Recent Publications


Courses and Seminars


  • SOCY 041, Sociology of Social Control and Criminal Justice.
  • SOCY 101, Introduction to Sociology.
  • SOCY 141, Crime and Deviance.
  • SOCY 169, Visual Sociology.
  • SOCY 346, Public Behaviors and Social Spaces.


  • SOCY 502, Contemporary Sociological Theory: Durkheimian Sociology.
  • SOCY 525, Cultural Sociology.
  • SOCY 628, Workshop in Cultural Sociology.
  • SOCY 653, Workshop in Advanced Sociological Writing and Research.