Dr Valentine Smith

As a sociologist, I study the connections among social policy, social institutions, and education, employment, and health and how these connections contribute to broad patterns of gender, race, and socioeconomic inequality over one’s life course. A special focus is on how historical changes in social policy conditions, like the expansion of the Trinidad and Tobago Industrial Court to facilitate existing patterns of race and gender inequality. In recent years, I have been engaged in number of projects that consider how survey research methods affect the study of inequality for social scientific and policy-related purposes.