Faculty profile: Goucher alum Dena Smith ‘03, Sociology

Rachel Brustein
Co-Features Editor

Dena Smith ’03, assistant professor of Sociology, is in her third year of teaching at

Dena Smith ‘03 returned to Goucher to teach in the Sociology department. (Photo: Courtesy of Dena Smith)

Dena Smith ‘03 returned to Goucher to teach in the Sociology department. (Photo: Courtesy of Dena Smith)

Goucher. Over the past few years, Smith has published an article for the American Sociological Association Journal, two book chapters, and is currently working on a book related to her research on the sociology of health and illness and mental health.
Medical sociology, which looks at health, illness, and medicalization from a sociological perspective, is important in the field of medicine, but not something all doctors are trained in.
“Medical sociologists contribute so much to how we think about health and illness,” Smith explains.
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New faces on campus: Goucher welcomes eight new professors

Samantha Cooper
Staff Writer

Goucher hired eight new professors for the Fall semester. Each comes from several different disciplines and hail from various states and even from abroad.
Dr. Evan Dawley is a new assistant professor in the History department. He received his doctorate in East Asian studies from Harvard University and previously worked at the Office of the Historian in the State Department and taught at Reed College, Georgetown and George Washington University. Dawley became interested in the study of Asia when he was in high school during the protests in Tiananmen Square. When asked how he feels about Goucher after his first week, he said, “It feels right.”
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