Social Science, Rationalization & Nation-state Formation

In my historical sociological work, 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 Parliamentary Discourse Showing the Political Problematique of State Schooling (1851–1885)
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Published Works

Smith, D.S. (2022a). Social scientization and the rise of the schooling state in UK parliamentary discourse, 1803–1909. Social Science History 46(1): 223–254 view paper

In Revision

Smith, D. S. (2022d, in revision). Visions of Deliverance: Social Science, Rationalization, and the Expanded Purposiveness of Schooling in the UK Parliament, 1803–1914. Social Science History. view paper

Under Review

Smith, D.S. (2022c, under review). The Nation-state, Social Scientization, and Education Legislation in the United Kingdom, 1800–1914. view paper

Smith, D.S. (2022b, under review). The Making of Mr. Gradgrind: Social Science and the Rationalization of Schooling in Official UK Political Discourse, 1803–1914. view paper


(Ideas Workshop-able)

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 my sociology of science work, I explore the ways contemporary science and culture are entangled, particularly in gendered contexts.

The unstable social order of the 4th-grade classroom mediated by gender as practice
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Published Works

Kim, L., Smith, D.S., Hofstra, B. McFarland, D. (2022) Gendered Knowledge in Fields and Academic Careers. Research Policy 51(1): 1–15. view paper

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

Smith, D.S., Wendt, H., & Kasper, D. (2017). Social reproduction and sex in German primary schools. Compare: Journal of Comparative and International Education 47(2): 240-256. view paper

In Revision

Cheng, Magie, Smith, D.S., Xian Ren, Hancheng Cao, Sanne Smith, and Daniel A. McFarland. (2022). The Diffusion of New Ideas in Science. American Sociological Review.

Under Review

Bromley, P. & Smith, D.S. (2021, under review) Women, World Society, and the Expansion of Academic Knowledge: The Study of Gender in Comparative Education Review, 1957–2016. 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.