Social Science, Cultural Rationalization & the Historical Rise of Schooling
As a computational historical sociologist, I use a combo of quantitative and natural language processing (NLP) techniques in analyzing archival data to better understand how the emergence of social science dramatically transformed Western culture and the modern nation-state.
Semantic Network of the UK Political Discourse (1851–1885) Showing the Political Problematique of State Schooling
Smith, D.S. and McFarland, D. (2022). A computational historical sociology of relational change in political meaning: The UK parliamentary discourse in the long nineteenth century.
Smith, D.S. (2022e). Nineteenth-century Social Scientization: A Transnational Epistemic Movement
Culture, Diversity & Power in Science & Education
In collaborative work, I explore the ways contemporary science and culture are entangled, particularly in gendered contexts.
An unstable cultural order mediated
by gender as practice
Bromley, P. & Smith, D.S. (2020). “Creating the Canon: The Meaning and Effects of Textbooks and Curricula” in T. Domina, B. Gibbs, L. Nunn, and A. Penner, Eds., Education and Society. University of California Press. → view paper
In Preparation(Manuscript Available)
Liang, W., Mahowald, K., Raymond, J., Krishna, V., Smith, D.S., McFarland, D., Zou, J. (2021). How random is the review outcome? A systematic study of the impact of external factors on eLife peer review.