Bethany Smith

Community Analytics
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Ph.D., Sociology, Baylor University, expected in May 2020
M.A., Sociology, Baylor University, 2017
B.S., Social Science, Univ. of Maryland Univ. College, 2011
B.S., Business Administration (Sociology Minor), Univ. of Maryland Univ. College, 2010


Bethany is currently in her fifth year of studying sociology at Baylor University. She graduated from University of Maryland University College in 2011 with Bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration and Social Sciences. She then utilized both of those skillsets working as an administrative coordinator at a non-profit research organization for almost three years before beginning her studies at Baylor in 2015.

Through the Community Analytics track, Bethany has obtained applied research experience while studying her substantive areas of interest in sociology. In the Center for Community Research and Development, she has worked on project planning, questionnaire development, survey administration, data management, analysis and reporting. With the guidance of Baylor’s supportive faculty and collaborative environment, she has also been able to hone her statistical skills and pursue her own research interests, which include social mobility, entrepreneurship, and social inequality, especially of race and gender. Upon graduating, she hopes to pursue a career at a non-profit research organization.


Tecson, Kristen M., Lindsay R. Wilkinson, Bethany Smith, and Jong Mi Ko. Forthcoming. “Association between Psychological Resilience and Subjective Well-Being in Older Adults Living with Chronic Illness.” Baylor University Medical Center Proceedings.

Bethany Smith and Charles M. Tolbert. 2019. "Financial Motivations and Small Business Longevity: The Effects of Gender and Race." Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship23(4): 1850024 (online only).

Bethany Smith's Full Curriculum Vitae.

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