Dr. Megan Smith teaches in the Sociology Department and is the Undergraduate Coordinator of Gerontology. She is also a Theme Guide for the new General Education program, an Honors College Faculty appointee, and committee chair for the new Phi Beta Kappa chapter in CLAS. Before her time teaching at UNC Charlotte, she earned her Ph.D. at Emory University, achieved a Master of Arts degree in Sociology at UNC Charlotte in 2011, and a Bachelors of Arts degree at North Carolina State University in Sociology with an Anthropology concentration in 2001.
Her research and teaching interests are in the areas of health, mental health, deviant behavior, and criminology. She teaches online and face-to-face courses, upper-level, and graduate courses in mental health and deviance. She has earned three Quality Matters certifications for courses in the Sociology department that also support the School of Professional Studies. Her latest co-authored book is Ties that Enable: Community Solidarity for People Living with Serious Mental Health Problems (Rutgers, 2021). She has a forthcoming textbook title, Sociological Insights on Mental Health and Distress (2024).