Dorothy E. Smith

Dorothy E. Smith
Adjunct Professor

PhD (University of California, Berkeley), 1963

Area of expertise

Institutional Ethnography

Dr. Smith joined the Department of Sociology in January 1994 as an Adjunct Professor. She is an internationally renowed scholar whose work focuses on the application of a feminist perspective to sociology and institutional ethnography.


  • Social Organization of Knowledge
  • Institutional Ethnography


The Everyday World as Problematic: A Feminst Sociology (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1987). (Winnner of John Porter Award in 1990)

The Conceptual Practices of Power: A Feminist Sociology of Knowledge (University of Toronto Press, 1990).

Writing the Social: Critique, Theory and Investigations (University of Toronto Press, 1999); with Alison Griffith.

Mothering for Schooling (Routledge 2005).

Institutional Ethnography: a sociology for people (Rowman and Littlefield 2005).

Institutional Ethnography as Practice (Rowman & Littlefield 2006).