Jason A. Smith

Jason A. Smith

Jason A. Smith

Affiliate Faculty

race/ethnicity, media policy, media sociology, representation, civil society

Jason A. Smith, Ph.D. is a Research Affiliate with the Center for Social Science Research at George Mason University and member of the Justice 21 Committee with the Society for the Study of Social Problems. Jason’s research focuses on race and media exclusion. Overarching themes in his work include issues of access and representation for communities of color in various institutional and organizational spaces. In the past he has worked with organizations such as the American Sociological Association, El Sistema USA, and the New America Foundation. He has taught courses in sociology at George Mason University, Northern Virginia Community College, and Trinity Washington University. Outside of Sociology, he has worked with and developed curriculum in the School of Business at George Mason University and the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania.

Jason’s research has been published in Sociology of Race & Ethnicity, Ethnic & Racial Studies, and Studies in Media & Communication, to name a few. He has recently co-edited two volumes entitled Social Problems in the Age of COVID-19 - Volume 1: US Perspectives and Volume 2: Global Perspectives. He holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from George Mason University. More information on his research can be found at https://jasonasmithsoc.com/.

Selected Publications

Edited books and journal issues

Jenny Davis, Jason A. Smith, and Barry Wellman (eds). 2018. “Communication, Information Technology, and Media Sociology as a Transfield.” in Information, Communication, & Society, 21(5). Link

Jason A. Smith and Bhoomi K. Thakore (eds). 2016. Race and Contention in Twenty-First Century U.S. Media. New York: Routledge. Link

Jason A. Smith, Mark Lloyd, and Victor Pickard (eds). 2015. “Communication in Action: Bridging Research and Policy,” in the International Journal of Communication, 9. Link

Articles and chapters

Jason A. Smith and Randy Abreu. 2019. “MOU or an IOU? Latina/os and the Racialization of Media Policy.” Ethnic & Racial Studies, 42(4). Link

Roberta Spalter-Roth, Jean Shin, Jason A. Smith, Amber C. Kalb, Kyle K. Moore, Ismail Cid-Martinez, and Jermaine Toney. 2019. “’Raced’ Organizations and the Academic Success of URM Faculty Members in Sociology.” Sociology of Race & Ethnicity, 5(2). Link

Randy Abreu and Jason Smith. 2014. “Public or Industry Interest? Debating the UHF Discount.” International Journal of Media & Cultural Politics, 10(1). Link


Jason A. Smith. 2019. Why Race Forward Corporate Language in not Enough. SSN Key Findings Brief. Scholars Strategy Network. Link

Recent Presentations

Jason A. Smith. 2019. “Exclusion Through Inclusion: Deliberative Democracy and Debates Over Measuring Media Diversity, 2007-2010.” American Sociological Association Media Preconference. New York, NY.

Amber Kalb, Jason Smith, Roberta Spalter-Roth, and Jean Shin. 2019. “Exclusion in the Office: URM's Home Departments as Site of Inequality.” Southern Sociological Society. Atlanta, GA.

In the Media

Episode co-host. 2020. “Racialized Organizations,” with Joseph N. Cohen and Victor Ray (featured guest). The Annex - A Sociology Podcast, April 17. Link