Carolyn Smith is an Emeritus Professor in the School of Social Welfare, University at Albany where she was on the faculty for 25 years including as Chair of the PhD Program. She has a BA in Sociology from the London School of Economics, an MSW from the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from the University at Albany. Prior to her academic career she worked for 16 years as a social worker with at risk children and families in three American states as well as in England and New Zealand. Her academic research interests and interdisciplinary publications are in child welfare, delinquency and family violence. She was a long-term federally funded investigator with the Rochester Youth Development Study, an intergenerational longitudinal study of the causes and consequences of delinquency. She has taught courses in child welfare, intervention with high risk youth, juvenile delinquency, and social work theory and research at all academic levels.
Professor Smith has sailed and taught on two full Semester at Sea voyages, in 1997 and 2011. On the 2011 voyage she taught a course on International Perspectives on Family Violence. Her children sailed on the 1997 voyage for academic credit. She is widely traveled and has lived overseas for several semesters. She has taught for a semester at Chinese University of Hong Kong and has faith based connections with groups working on water access, education for poor children and domestic violence prevention in Ghana and West Africa. As an expatriate herself she is a strong advocate of the perspective-taking that comes from international living and learning.