Jackie Smith

Professor of Sociology
University of Pittsburgh

Jackie Smith's research addresses the relationships between economic globalization, social conflicts, and popular struggles. She currently serves as editor of the Journal of World-Systems Research, the official journal of the Political Economy of the World-System Section of the American Sociological Association. She is involved locally in work with Pittsburgh’s Human Rights City Alliance, and she serves on the Leadership Committee of the internet and media justice advocacy organization, May First/People Link. Smith is an advocate for the right to communication and Open Access publishing and is part of the International Network of Scholar Activists.  Smith coordinates the Pitt Human Rights Initiative, which engages community leaders and Pitt faculty, staff and students in joint educational and research activities aimed at promoting and defending human rights locally and beyond.