Kevin T. Smiley

Areas of Interest: 
Environmental Sociology, Urban Sociology, Race and Ethnicity, Social Inequalities


I am currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at Rice University. My research investigates environmental and urban inequalities, particularly the countervailing role that social capital plays shaping exposure to toxic air. I am especially interested in the implications that social capital has for racial disparities. To learn more about Kevin's work, visit his website, download his CV, or email him.

Forth. Emerson, Michael O. and Kevin T. Smiley. Market Cities and People Cities: The shape of our urban future. Under contract with NYU Press.

2016. Smiley, Kevin T., Wanda Rushing, and Michele Scott. “Behind A Bicycling Boom: Governance, Cultural Change and Place Character in Memphis, Tennessee.” Urban Studies 53(1):193-209.

2016. Smiley, Kevin T., Tanvi Sharma, Alan Steinberg, Sally Hodges-Copple, Emily Jacobson, and Lucy Matveeva. “More Inclusive Parks Planning: Park Quality and Preferences for Park Access and Amenities.” Environmental Justice 9(1):1-7.

Teaching Experiences
Introduction to Sociology, Rice University, 2013.
Intermediate Statistics (Graduate Level), University of Memphis, 2012.
Senior Thesis Seminar, University of Memphis, 2011.
Social Statistics, University of Memphis, 2010.


Kevin T. Smiley
PhD Candidate