Kevin T. Smiley

Kevin Smiley

Assistant Professor

110A Stubbs Hall

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Humanities & Social Sciences



  • Environmental Sociology
  • Community and Urban Sociology
  • Disasters
  • Health
  • Race
  • Immigration
  • Social Capital



My research investigates social inequalities and environmental change, especially as it relates to disasters, place making, health, immigration, race, and social capital.
This research is in three primary areas. It has been covered in media outlets such the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Houston Chronicle, and I have appeared on the Weather Channel.
First, I research disaster resilience and vulnerability, particularly how environmental changes link to inequalities in flooding. This research is funded by an Early-Career Research Fellowship through the Gulf Research Program of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. I am also a Fellow in the NSF's Human, Disasters, and Built Environment (HDBE) Enabling the Next Generation of Hazards and Disasters Researchers program. My newest work on this topic analyzes climate change attribution  of flooding  using an environmental justice lens. This work is continuing with my role as a Fellow in the Early-Career Innovators Program at the National Center for Atmospheric Research.
Second, my co-authored book, titled Market Cities, People Cities (NYU Press, 2018), assesses vast variability in urban trajectories in Copenhagen and Houston, and what the implications are for our urban future.
Third, I research health risks from industrial air pollution in the United States by examining the extent of disparities across metropolitan areas, and how those disparities have emerged.


Rice University, PhD (2017)

Curriculum Vitae

Courses Recently Taught at LSU

(Syllabi are for illustrative purposes & subject to change)

  • SOCL 3101: Sociological Theory