Christi M. Smith, Ph.D.

Assistant Dean and Senior Scholar

Christi Smith, Ph.D. joined Washington University in St. Louis as Senior Scholar and Assistant Dean in Fall 2017. Her work at the CDI will build community partnerships, connect the CDI with academic and co-curricular programs on campus, advance CDI and Student Affairs research projects, and coordinate the Faculty Fellows and Emerging Scholar-Professional Program.

Christi graduated from Smith College with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology. After working in refugee services in Copenhagen, policy advising in Washington, D.C., and teaching as part of Teach for America in North Carolina, Smith earned a Masters in Education Policy and Ph.D. in Sociology at Indiana University.

She has been a visiting researcher at the University of Mannheim in Germany, Aarhus University in Denmark, and a Postdoctoral Researcher in Sociology at The Ohio State University. Prior to joining the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, Christi taught courses in Political Sociology, Sociology of Education, and Economic Sociology at Oberlin College. Her first book, Reparation and Reconciliation: The Rise and Fall of Integrated Higher Education was published in 2016 by The University of North Carolina Press.

Learn more about Smith’s research here:

“Author Discusses Book about Efforts to Create Integrated Colleges after US Civil War”, Inside HigherEd, January 17, 2017.
https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2017/01/17/author-discusses-book-about-effort-create-integrated-colleges-after-us-civil-war

“Challenging Caste and Race: The Campaign for Integrated Higher Education in the Reconstruction” Blackpast.org
http://www.blackpast.org/perspectives/challenging-caste-and-race-campaign-integrated-higher-education-reconstruction-era