About me

About me

Alexander Smith
Staff: Sociology

Alex Smith is a Senior Leverhulme Research Fellow in Sociology at Warwick University as well as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Sociology at Kansas University. He also holds an Honorary Lectureship in the Institute of Science and Society at Nottingham University and is a Garrison Keillor Fellow in the Eccles Centre for North American Studies at the British Library.

Alex possesses expertise on both American and British politics and is the author of ‘Devolution and the Scottish Conservatives: banal activism, electioneering and the politics of irrelevance’ (2011, Manchester: Manchester University Press). He conducts sociological research on politics, religion and science in both countries and has been funded by the British Academy, ESRC, Leverhulme Trust and the New York-based Wenner-Gren Foundation.

Alex is engaged in long-term ethnographic fieldwork in the greater Kansas City metropolitan area as part of a four-year research project he is leading entitled ‘Science, religion and the making of publics in the UK and US’. This project forms part of the major Leverhulme Trust-funded research programme ‘Making Science Public: Challenges and Opportunities’ (www.nottingham.ac.uk/sociology/research/projects/making-science-public), an interdisciplinary collaboration between Nottingham, Sheffield and Warwick Universities.

Alex holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from Edinburgh University and edits the ‘New Ethnographies’ book series for Manchester University Press. A Community Council Chairman in his spare time, he maintains research interests in community activism, local democracy and Common Good issues in Scotland.