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Earl Smith

Earl Smith, PhD, is {Emeritus} Professor of Sociology and the Rubin Distinguished Professor of American Ethnic Studies at Wake Forest University.  He is the Director of the Wake Forest University American Ethnic Studies Program. Dr. Smith is the former Chairperson of the Department of Sociology, Wake Forest University, from 1997-2005.  Prior to his appointment at Wake Forest University, Professor Smith was the Dean, Division of Social Science at Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) in Tacoma, Washington. He also served as Chairperson of the Department of Sociology at PLU. He is the author of numerous articles, book chapters, and books, including Gender, Power and Violence (2016),The Social Dynamics of Family Violence (2016, 2012), Prisoner Reentry and Social Capital (2010), Sport and Social Theory (2010), Race, Sport and the American Dream (2014/2009/2007), Interracial Intimacies (2009); Interracial Relationships (2009); and African American Families (2007). He teaches courses in Sociology and Sports Management at George Mason University.