Joel Smith

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

Selected Grants

(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

Smith, J., et al. “National Images of Canada and the United States: Their Structure, Coherence, and Meaning.” American Review of Canadian Studies, vol. 20, no. 3, Oct. 1990, pp. 327–55. Scopus, doi:10.1080/02722019009481528. Full Text

Kornberg, Allan, et al. “Political Elite and Mass Perceptions of Party Locations in issue Space: Some Tests of Two Positions.” British Journal of Political Science, vol. 5, no. 02, Apr. 1975, pp. 161–85.

KORNBERG, A., et al. “POLITICAL ELITE AND MASS PERCEPTIONS OF PARTY LOCATIONS IN ISSUE SPACE - SOME TESTS OF 2 POSITIONS.” British Journal of Political Science, vol. 5, no. APR, 1975, pp. 161–85. Wos-lite, doi:10.1017/S0007123400008127. Full Text

Kornberg, A., et al. “Attributes of Ascribed Influence in Local Party Organizations in Canada and the United States.” Canadian Journal of Political Science, vol. 5, no. 2, Jan. 1972, pp. 206–33. Scopus, doi:10.1017/S0008423900027669. Full Text

Kornberg, A., et al. “Some Differences in the Political Socialization Patterns of Canadian and American Party Officials: A Preliminary Report.” Canadian Journal of Political Science, vol. 2, no. 1, Jan. 1969, pp. 64–88. Scopus, doi:10.1017/S0008423900024604. Full Text