Dani Allred Smith, Ph.D.


Dr Smith recently has returned to Fisk from a year-long sabbatical. She served as a Faculty Fellow at the James Weldon Johnson Institute for Advanced Interdisciplinary Study of Emory University. Dr. Smith received a summer stipend from the UNCF/Mellon Mays program to support her research on gender and violence in young reader fiction. Dr. Smith is expanding her research to also consider age and religion within young reader fiction. Dr. Smith has collaborated with colleague Dr. Sheila Peters on a grant through the Office of Victims of Crime to produce four curriculum modules related to criminal victimization across the life cycle. They have developed a case-book approach to the topic meant to be integrated into the introductory courses in sociology and psychology.

Dr. Smith's greatest passion is student research. She serves as a mentor to sociology majors accepted into the UNCF/Mellon program. She also supervises student research as a component of the senior capstone course in sociology. Since 2009, she has accompanied 39 students to present at regional sociology and undergraduate sociology conferences. In 2013, one of her students won first place at the Southeastern Undergraduate Sociology Symposium.

Dr. Smith sponsors and serves as chapter representative for the Alpha of Tennessee chapter of Alpha Kappa Delta, the sociology honor society.  She is also the faculty editor of the Looking Glass, the sociology newsletter. She has spoken at local and regional private colleges for academic convocations, symposia, and Alpha Kappa Delta initiations.

Dr. Smith is a member of several professional associations: American Sociological Association, American Society of Criminology, and Southern Sociological Society.

Dr. Smith consults with Educational Testing Service as a test item contributor and test development committee member and chair for a variety of tests which assess knowledge of sociology content.


Gender and violence in young reader fiction
Validation study of Major Field Test results


"Bringing Them In:  A Case Study of Successful Strategies for the Development of the Sociology Major." ASA Monograph on Teaching Sociology. 1991 (with Karen Mundy).

"The Relationship Between Selected Socioeconomic Variables and Measures of Arson:  A Cross-sectional Study."  Fire Technology, NFPA 23:1 (February 1987): 60-73 (with Joe Murrey, Robert E. Pitts, and Kenneth Hollman).

"A Regional Survey of Demographic and Attitudinal Differences Between a Sample of Independent and Exclusive Insurance Agents." Midsouth Journal of Economics 9:3 (December 1985): 255-265 (with Joe Murrey, Robert E. Pitts, and Kenneth Hollman).

"An Exploratory Study of Readership Differences Among Insurance Agents." Midsouth Journal of Economics 9:1 (June 1985): 65-71 (with Joe Murrey, Robert E. Pitts, and Kenneth Hollman).

"Growth Profiles of Mississippi's Counties 1960-1980. University, MS: Bureau of Business and Economic Research, January 1985 (with E. Nolan Waller).

Quarterly Economic Reports of Mississippi Business Research Panel. Mississippi's Business 1984-1986 (with Troy A. Festervand).

"Media Preferences and Usage in Mississippi:  Some Considerations for Local Advertisers." Mississippi's Business 41:1 (August 1982): 1-5, 10 (with John Windhauser).

Dani Smith

Dani Allred Smith, Ph.D.
Chair, Behavioral Sciences and Education
Associate Professor of Sociology

Ph.D. in Sociology (criminology and mass communication specialties), University of Tennessee, Knoxville
M.A. in Sociology, University of Mississippi
B.S. in Social Sciences (history emphasis), Lee University
Summer Training Program, "Quantitative Analysis of Crime and Criminal Justice," University of Michigan Institute for Social Research
Faculty Fellow, James Weldon Johnson Institute for Advanced Interdisciplinary Study, Emory University
Mellon Appalachian Fellowship, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

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