Christian Smith, the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Sociology at the University of Notre Dame, presents his research project, "Pushing Back in Cultural Theory: On the Possibility of Cultural Models that Are Coherent, Reasonable, Consensual, Internalized, Teleological, and Guiding" to an interdisciplinary group of scholars, artists, and scientists comprised of fellows, guest faculty, and students.
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Professor Smith is the Director of the Notre Dame Center for the Study of Religion and Society, Director of the Notre Dame Center for Social Research, Principal Investigator of the National Study of Youth and Religion, and Principal Investigator of the Science of Generosity Initiative. His scholarly interests focus on American religion, cultural sociology, adolescents, generosity, sociological theory, and philosophy of social science. He has directed more than $14 million in grant-funded research projects.
He is the author, co-author, or editor of numerous books, including To Flourish or Destruct: A Personalist Theory of Human Goods, Motivations, Failure, and Evil (2014); Young Catholic America: Emerging Adults In, Out of, and Gone from the Church (2014; with Kyle Longest, Jonathan Hill, and Kari Christoffersen); What is a Person?: Rethinking Humanity, Social Life, and the Moral Good from the Person Up (won Honorable Mention for the American Publisher’s Award for Professional and Scholarly Excellence); Souls in Transition: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Emerging Adults; Soul Searching: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers; Passing the Plate: Why American Christians Don’t Give Away More Money; Moral, Believing Animals: Human Culture and Personhood; The Secular Revolution: Power, Interests, and Conflict in the Secularization of American Public Life; and The Emergence of Liberation Theology: Radical Religion and Social Movement Theory. He is also author or co-author of numerous journal articles.