Faculty Profile for Dr. Chad Leighton Smith

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Dr. Chad Leighton Smith
Chair - Professor — Sociology
UAC 449
phone: (512) 245-2113

Biography Section

Biography and Education

I received my Ph.D. in Sociology from Washington State University in 2005. I graduated from the University of Texas in Austin (B.A., 1993) and Northern Arizona University (M.A., 1995) with degrees in History. I have been at Texas State University since 2004. I currently serve as department chair and I am actively involved in our grad program in Sustainability Studies.

Teaching Interests

I teach both undergraduate and graduates courses in environmental sociology and sustainability.

Research Interests

My main line of research focuses upon the intersection of the environment, the military, and social inequality. Gregory Hooks and I developed the theory known as the Treadmill of Destruction and it continues to be my main area of research. I also work on research related to social inequality and substance use.

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Smith, C. L., & Lengefeld, M. (2020). The Environmental Consequences of Asymmetric War: A Panel Study of Militarism and Carbon Emissions, 2000-2010. Armed Forces & Society, 46(2), 214–237.
  • Smith, C. L., Tajali, H., Pino, N. W., & DeSoto, W. (2019). Non-Medical Prescription Drug Use among Latino College Students at a Hispanic-Serving Institution. Journal of Latinos and Education.
  • De Soto, W., Tajalli, H., Pino, N., & Smith, C. L. (2018). The Effect of College Students’ Religious Involvement on Their Academic Ethic. Religion and Education, 45(2), 190–207.
  • Pino, N. W., Tajalli, H., Smith, C. L., & DeSoto, W. H. (2017). Non-Medical Use  of Prescription Drugs by College Students for Recreational and Instrumental Purposes: Assessing the Differences. Journal of Drug Issues, 47(4), 606–621.
  • Smith, C. L., Hooks, G., & Lengefeld, M. (2014). The War on Drugs in Colombia: The Environment, the Treadmill of Destruction and Risk-Transfer Militarism. Journal of World-Systems Research, 20(2), 182–203.

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: Honorary Professor of International Studies, Center for International Studies, Texas State University. April 2017 - 2017
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Favorite Professor, Alpha Chi National Honor Society. September 2016 - 2016
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Development Leave Award (including supplemental award), Texas State University, Awarded by Faculty Senate. 2011
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Dean’s Excellence Award in Teaching, College of Liberal Arts, Texas State University. 2008

Selected Grants

  • Hooks, Gregory, Smith, Chad Leighton. A Quiet Environmental Crisis: The Toxic Legacy of Military and Civilian Activities, National Science Foundation, Federal, $159577. (Submitted: 2005, Funded: 2005 - 2007). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

Learning Management System Steering Committee
Department Newsletter
Sustainability Studies Advisory Council
Field of Study Advisory Committee, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
College Review Group - College of Health Professions