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Catawba Sociology Professor Co-Authors Book

August 27, 2015

Category: Academics, Faculty


BusterSmith.jpgDr. Buster Smith, an assistant professor of sociology at Catawba College has co-authored a book that will soon be released by NYU Press. "American Secularism: Cultural Contours of Nonreligious Belief Systems (Religion and Social Transformation)" will be available in paperback on Sept. 25.

Smith co-authored the book with Joseph O. Baker, an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at East Tennessee State University and a senior research associate for the Association of Religion Data Archives.

This is the second book that Smith has co-authored.  His first published book was "Grounding Our Faith in a Pluralistic World."

Smith, who joined the Catawba faculty at the start of the 2011-2012 academic year, is interested in the study of the sociology of religion. He came to Catawba from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, where he worked as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Institute for Studies of Religion.  He earned his undergraduate degree in mathematics and religion from Middlebury College and then moved to Baylor University where he received his master's degree and Ph.D. in sociology.