Christian Smith is the William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Sociology, director of the Center for the Study of Religion and Society, and director of the Center for Social Research at the University of Notre Dame. Previously, he taught at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Smith has been published in several periodicals such as the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Review of Religious Research, and Sociology of Religion. He has also written and edited numerous books, including: Moral, Believing Animals: Human Personhood and Culture (Oxford University Press, 2003), Soul Searching: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers (Oxford, 2005, 2009), Souls in Transition: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of Emerging Adults (Oxford, 2009), and Lost in Transition: The Dark Side of Emerging Adulthood (Oxford, 2011). His most recent book is entitled The Sacred Project of American Sociology (Oxford, 2014).