Assistant Professor

Internship Coordinator

Biography

Emily McKendry-Smith is an Assistant Professor in the Sociology Department at the University of West Georgia. She received her PhD from the University of North Carolina. Dr. McKendry-Smith teaches courses in social theory, research methods, religion, and global families. Her research centers on interconnections between religion and family, the ways individuals use religion to define their identities, and the meanings they attach to place. She has made multiple grant-funded research trips to the Chitwan district in Nepal, where she worked with the Institute for Social and Environmental Research to study a local new religious movement, and recently, a religious pilgrimage site that provides housing to widows and other elderly Nepalis. She has also recently begun collaborating on a mixed-methods interdisciplinary study of a bike-pedestrian trail in the American South.

  • Courses Taught
  • Course Sections and Syllabi

    Fall 2017 Sections

    • SOCI-4053 (Sociological Theory) Section: E01
    • SOCI-4053 (Sociological Theory) Section: 01
    • SOCI-4386 (Internship) Section: E01
    • SOCI-6286 (Internship) Section: 01
    • SOCI-6882 (Thesis Preparation) Section: 01

    Summer 2017 Sections

    • SOCI-4053 (Sociological Theory) Section: E01
    • SOCI-4386 (Internship) Section: E01

    Spring 2017 Sections

    Fall 2016 Sections

    Summer 2016 Sections

    • SOCI-4053 (Sociological Theory) Section: E01
    • SOCI-4999 (GLOBAL FAMILIES) Section: E02

    Spring 2016 Sections

    • SOCI-3001 (Communicating Sociology) Section: 01W
    • SOCI-4053 (Sociological Theory) Section: E01
    • SOCI-4386 (Internship) Section: 01
    • SOCI-4982 (Capstone: Internship) Section: 01W
    • SOCI-4983 (Capstone: Senior Thesis) Section: 01
    • SOCI-6286 (Internship) Section: 02
    • SOCI-6999 (Thesis Writing) Section: 03

    Fall 2015 Sections

    • SOCI-3543 (The Sociology of Religion) Section: 01
    • SOCI-4386 (Internship) Section: 01
    • SOCI-4386 (Internship) Section: 02
    • SOCI-4982 (Capstone: Internship) Section: 01W
    • SOCI-4982 (Capstone: Internship) Section: 01
    • SOCI-4983 (Capstone: Senior Thesis) Section: 01
    • SOCI-6013 (Social Research) Section: 01
    • SOCI-6286 (Internship) Section: 01
    • SOCI-6882 (Thesis Preparation) Section: 01
    • SOCI-6999 (Thesis Writing) Section: 01

    Summer 2015 Sections

    • SOCI-4053 (Sociological Theory) Section: E01
    • CRIM-4286 (Intrnshp: Drug Enfrcmnt Admin) Section: E02
    • CRIM-4286 (Internship) Section: 01
    • SOCI-4386 (Internship) Section: 01
    • SOCI-4386 (Internship) Section: 02
    • SOCI-4386 (Internship) Section: 03
    • SOCI-4386 (Internship) Section: 04
    • SOCI-6286 (Internship) Section: 01

    Spring 2015 Sections

    • SOCI-4053 (Sociological Theory) Section: 01
    • SOCI-4386 (Internship) Section: 01
    • SOCI-4386 (Internship) Section: 02
    • SOCI-4982 (Capstone: Internship) Section: 01W
    • SOCI-4982 (Capstone: Internship) Section: 02
    • SOCI-5053 (Sociological Theory) Section: 01
    • SOCI-6286 (Internship) Section: 01
    • SOCI-6305 (Advanced Sociological Theory) Section: 01
    • SOCI-6882 (Thesis Preparation) Section: 01
    • SOCI-6999 (Thesis Writing) Section: 01

    Fall 2014 Sections

    • SOCI-3001 (Communicating Sociology) Section: 01W
    • SOCI-4053 (Sociological Theory) Section: 01
    • SOCI-4386 (Internship) Section: 01
    • SOCI-4386 (Internship) Section: 02
    • SOCI-4386 (Internship) Section: 03
    • SOCI-4982 (Capstone: Internship) Section: 01W
    • SOCI-4982 (Capstone: Internship) Section: 01
    • SOCI-4982 (Capstone: Internship) Section: 02
    • SOCI-4983 (Capstone: Senior Thesis) Section: 01
    • SOCI-6013 (Social Research) Section: 01
    • SOCI-6882 (Thesis Preparation) Section: 03

    Summer 2014 Sections

    • SOCI-4053 (Sociological Theory) Section: 01

    Spring 2014 Sections

    • SOCI-3543 (The Sociology of Religion) Section: 01
    • SOCI-4053 (Sociological Theory) Section: 01
    • SOCI-5053 (Sociological Theory) Section: 01
    • SOCI-6305 (Critical Social Analysis) Section: 01

    Fall 2013 Sections

    • SOCI-1101 (Introductory Sociology) Section: 04
    • SOCI-1101 (Introductory Sociology) Section: 06
    • SOCI-4053 (Sociological Theory) Section: 01
    • SOCI-5053 (Sociological Theory) Section: 01
  • Publication List

    McKendry-Smith, Emily. 2017. “‘Enjoy the Heat of the Log and Heed the Advice of the Elders’: Religious, Educational, and Neighborhood Determinants of Parental Influence on Spousal Choice in Nepal.” Pp. 1-26 in Contemporary Perspectives in Family Re [View Publication]

    McKendry-Smith, Emily. 2016. “‘Baba Has Come to Civilize Us’: Developmental Idealism and Framing the Strict Demands of the Brahma Kumaris.” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 55(4): 698-716. [View Publication]