Joel Smith

Professor Emeritus of Sociology

External Address: 
253 Soc-psych, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90088, Durham, NC 27708-0088
(919) 660-5628


My continuing research interest focuses on large-scale social units, their principles of organization and the processes by which they survive. I am particularly interested in the coercive and voluntaristic processes that shape individual conformity to organizational needs and experiences. Much of my current work is devoted to the (NSF supported) Quebec Referendum Study, which is intended to shed light on how events and their representation to people mobilize and alter support for regimes.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Northwestern University 1954

(95-1074) Media Policy, National Identity, and Citizenry in Changing Democratic Societies: The Case of Canada awarded by Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation (Principal Investigator). 1995 to 1996