Chauncey Smith

Assistant Professor of Education


  • Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2017
  • M.S., University of Michigan, 2014
  • B.A., Morehouse College, 2011

Smith's research is centered on Black adolescents' sociopolitical development in school and after-school program contexts. He is affiliated with the Youth-Nex Center. His work examines the ways in which Black adolescents recognize, analyze, and respond to oppression (e.g., racism, sexism, classism) in their environment. Additionally, his work employs an intersectional approach to explore Black adolescent school experiences across racial, class, and gender identities. For example, his current work examines the ways in which Black boys from middle class backgrounds make meaning of their school environment, their experiences of racial discrimination in school, and their relationships with peers.

Research Interests


  • Adolescent Sociopolitical Development
  • Black Boys’ School Experiences
  • After-school Programming
  • Positive Youth Development
  • Racial Identity in the School Context

Selected Publications


Lozada, F. T., Jagers, R. J., Smith, C. D., Bañales, J., & Hope, E. C. (2016). Prosocial Behaviors of Black Adolescent Boys An Application of a Sociopolitical Development Theory. Journal of Black Psychology, 0095798416652021.

Marks, B.T., Smith, C., Madison, J., & Junior, C. (2016). The psychology of Black males attending urban private colleges and universities. Urban Education, 10.1177/0042085915623348.

Ellis, J. M., Rowley, L. L., Nellum, C. J., & Smith, C. D. (2015). From Alienation to Efficacy An Examination of Racial Identity and Racial Academic Stereotypes Among Black Male Adolescents. Urban Education, 0042085915602538.