Emily McKendry-Smith

Emily McKendry-Smith, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor; Internship Coordinator

Phone: 678-839-5404 | Fax: 678-839-6506

Email:  emckendr@westga.edu

Office: Pafford Social Science Building 217

Biography

As a sociologist, I am broadly interested in the relationships between people’s beliefs and behaviors and the social contexts in which they live. This interest in beliefs and in contexts has naturally led me to an interest in the fields of religion and the family. Rather than examining how religiosity may lead to certain outcomes, I am interested in how the settings in which individuals live can shape and influence their religiosity. Additionally, I have an interest in the fate of religious beliefs and behavior in situations where contexts undergo change and upheaval. My scholarship on these questions has taken two trajectories, each focused on a particular setting. The first line of research examines the religious beliefs of American adolescents. The second setting in which I pursue these questions is that of Nepal. I study religious beliefs and behaviors among Nepalis, particularly among members of a new religious movement, the Brahma Kumaris. I examine participation in this movement, as well as traditional practices such as arranged marriage, in the context of rapid social change and modernization.


Courses and Sections

  • Courses Taught
    • SOCI-1101 (Introductory Sociology)    
    • SOCI-3001 (Communicating Sociology)    
    • SOCI-3543 (The Sociology of Religion)    
    • SOCI-4053 (Sociological Theory)    
    • SOCI-4983 (Capstone: Senior Thesis)    
    • SOCI-5053 (Sociological Theory)    
    • SOCI-6013 (Social Research)    
    • SOCI-6305 (Critical Social Analysis)    
    • SOCI-6882 (Thesis Preparation)