Alicia Smith-Tran

Assistant Professor of Sociology
Sociology & Anthropology
Scharbauer Hall, Room 4215 | 817-257-6158

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B.A. Sociology, Oberlin College (2010)
M.A. Magazine, Newspaper, & Online Journalism, Syracuse University (2011)
M.A. Sociology, Case Western Reserve University (2015)
PhD. Sociology, Case Western Reserve University (2018)

Areas of Focus

Race, Class & Gender; Medical Sociology; Age/Aging & the Life Course; Sociology of Sport

Smith-Tran, Alicia. 2018. “Muscle as Medicine: An Autoethnographic Study of Coping with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome through Strength Training.” Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health 10(4): 476-492.


Smith-Tran, Alicia. 2017. “‘A Chocolate Chip in a Sea of Milk’: Black Women Reflect on the Challenges of Embodying the Runner Identity.” Pp. 21-40 in Women in Sports: Breaking Barriers, Facing Obstacles, edited by Adrienne N. Milner and Jomills Henry Braddock, II. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger.


Kahana, Jeffrey, Eva Kahana, and Alicia Smith-Tran. 2017. “A Life Course Perspective on Disability in Old Age.” Pp. 73-94 in Disability and Aging: Learning from Both to Empower the Lives of Older Adults. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers.

Smith-Tran, Alicia. “The ‘Black Middle-Class Toolkit’ as a Framework for Understanding the Cultural Implications of Recreational Running.” Sociological Focus (Forthcoming).