Faculty Profile for Dr. Chad Leighton Smith
Biography and EducationI 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 InterestsI teach both undergraduate and graduates courses in environmental sociology and sustainability.
Research InterestsMy 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
- 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.
- Smith, C. L., & Lengefeld, M. (2019). The Environmental Consequences of Asymmetric War: A Panel Study of Militarism and Carbon Emissions, 2000-2010. Armed Forces & Society.
- Hooks, G., & Smith, C. L. (2016). The Treadmill of Destruction. In Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology. Blackwell Publishing.
- 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 Service Activities
Field of Study Advisory Committee, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
Learning Management System Advisory Committee
Sustainability Studies Advisory Council
Council on Inclusive Excellence
College Review Group - College of Engineering and Science
September 2017-May 2018