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Smith, Marshall David



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research overview

  • My academic book is in progress. It covers how to evaluate horror films from a sociological perspective as well as how to use horror films to teach fundamental sociological concepts. This text is an extension of a podcast with the same objective I co-host with Laura Patterson, PhD. I am currently working with Glenda Walden, PhD on a research project. We are collecting data on student experiences of an experiential learning assignment for a range of introductory sociology classes. This is in progress as well.


  • sociology, sexuality, gender, media analysis, horror films, deviance, horror, transgression



courses taught

  • SOCY 1001 - Introduction to Sociology
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2021 / Fall 2022 / Fall 2023
    Examines basic sociological ideas including social relations, social interaction, social structure, and social change. Examples are drawn from societies around the world.
  • SOCY 1004 - Deviance in U.S. Society
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2021 / Fall 2021 / Fall 2022 / Spring 2024
    Examines the social construction of deviance in the U.S., the process of acquiring a deviant identity and managing deviant stigma, and the social organization of deviant act, lifestyles, relationships and careers.
  • SOCY 1006 - The Social Construction of Sexuality
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020 / Spring 2021 / Spring 2022 / Spring 2023 / Fall 2023
    Discusses the social determinants of sexuality. Analyzes the economic, psychological, and cultural influences on human sexuality. Interactional perspective of human sexuality is presented. Same as WGST 1006.
  • SOCY 1016 - Sex, Gender, and Society 1
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Examines status and power differences between the sexes at individual and societal levels. Emphasizes historical context of gender roles and status, reviews major theories of gender stratification. Same as WGST 1016.
  • SOCY 2091 - Topics in Sociology
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2021 / Spring 2022 / Spring 2023
    Variety of courses taught by visiting and regular faculty. See current departmental announcements for specific content. Students may receive credit for this course up to three times for different topics.
  • SOCY 2150 - Gender, Race, and Chainsaws
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2023 / Spring 2024
    Practice fundamental skills of visual literacy with an emphasis on understanding the sociological importance of popular media�s representation of different groups of people and the implications of these representations for social justice. We will analyze how historical and current social conditions influence the creation, distribution, and interpretation of visual media in our culture, focusing on films in the horror genre. Formerly offered as a special topics course.
  • SOCY 4084 - Punishment, Law and Society
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Places the current state of punishment in the U.S. in historical and cross national context. Examines key features of penal systems and key sociological theories about the relationship between punishment and society. Recommended prerequisite: SOCY 1001 or SOCY 1004 or SOCY 2044. Same as ETHN 4084.

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