Author Profile

Alex Smith

Senior Leverhulme Research Fellow in Sociology, University of Warwick

Alex Smith is a Senior Leverhulme Research Fellow in Sociology at Warwick University as well as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Sociology at Kansas University.  He holds an Honorary Lectureship in the Institute of Science and Society at Nottingham University and is a Garrison Keillor Fellow in the Eccles Centre for North American Studies at the British Library.

Alex possesses expertise on both American and British politics and conducts sociological research on politics, religion and science.  He is primarily engaged in long-term ethnographic fieldwork in the greater Kansas City metropolitan area as part of a four-year research project he is leading entitled ‘Science, religion and the making of publics in the UK and US’.  This project forms part of the major Leverhulme Trust-funded research programme ‘Making Science Public: Challenges and Opportunities’.

Alex holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from Edinburgh University and is the author of ‘Devolution and the Scottish Conservatives: banal activism, electioneering and the politics of irrelevance’ (2011, Manchester: Manchester University Press).  His research has been funded by the British Academy, ESRC, Leverhulme Trust and the New York-based Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research and he edits the ‘New Ethnographies’ book series for Manchester University Press.