Curt Smith Ph.D.

From Left: Curtis Smith, Leon Anderson, Ernesto Castañeda-Tinoco

Google Scholar Profile

Scholars Strategy Network


Teaching Philosophy

Research Statement

Recent Media in 2020

2020. Smith, Curtis and Ernesto Castañeda.“How to Support People Who Are Experiencing Homelessness.” Scholar Strategy Network. Harvard University: Cambridge, MA.

2020. Smith, Curtis, Carina Cione, Deziree Jackson, and Ernesto Castañeda. “Speaking about Health Disparities: A Teachable Moment about Structural Racism” Medium.


Curtis Smith. (F2022). Homelessness and Housing Advocacy: The Role of Red-Tape Warriors. New York City, NY: Routledge.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Smith, Curtis, Ernesto Castañeda. (2020) "Sick Enough? Mental Illness and Service Eligibility for Homeless Individuals at the Border." Social Sciences, 9(8), 145.

Smith, Curtis, & Castañeda-Tinoco, Ernesto. (2019). "Improving Homeless Point-in-Time counts: Uncovering the Marginally Housed." Social Currents, 6(2), 91-104.

Smith, Curtis, & Anderson, Leon. (2018). "Fitting Stories: Outreach Worker Strategies for Housing Homeless Clients." Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, 47(5), 535-550.

Roark, Jenifer, Lucero, Jenifer, Smith, Curtis, & Parker, David (2017). "The Vital Knowledge of Social Service Workers Regarding Fair Housing." Journal of Social Service Research, 43(2), 223-235.

Siordia, Carlos, Smith, Curtis, & Castañeda-Tinoco, Ernesto. (2014). "A Geographically-Aware Multilevel Analysis on the Association Between Atmospheric Temperature and the Emergency and Transitional Shelter Population". Human Geographies--Journal of Studies & Research in Human Geography, 8(2) 5-16.

Castañeda-Tinoco, Ernesto, Klassen, Jonathan D., & Smith, Curtis (2014). "Hispanic and Non-Hispanic Homeless Populations in El Paso, Texas." Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 36(4), 488-505.

Mata, Hollie, Flores, M., Castañeda-Tinoco, Ernesto, Medina-Jerez, W., Lachica, J., Smith, Curtis, & Olvera, Hector. (2013). "Health, Hope, and Human Development: Building Capacity in Public Housing Communities on the US-Mexico Border." Journal of health care for the poor and underserved, 24(4), 1432-1439.

Smith, Curtis, Castañeda-Tinoco, Ernesto, & Heyman, Josiah (2012). "The Homeless and Occupy El Paso: Creating Community among the 99%." Social Movement Studies, 11(3-4), 356-366.​
*Reprinted in Jenny Pickerill, John Krinsky, Graeme Hayes, Kevin Gillan, and Brian Doherty. 2014. Occupy! A Global Movement. Routledge: Oxford, UK.

Book Chapters

Smith, Curtis, & Anderson, Leon. (2019). Unearthing Aggressive Advocacy. In Ethnography Uncensored: Researchers Reflect on the Challenges of Reaching Hidden Populations, Edited by Miriam Boeri and Rashi Shukla. University of California Press. 65.

Committee Work

Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology (AACS)
-Board Member & Chair of the Client Problem Competition for students

Bentley University

-Coordinated Community Response Team
-Racial Justice Task Force