Isais Wellington Smith


Isais W. Smith received his Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from University of California, Riverside in 2007, and received his Master’s in Social Work (M.S.W) from Cal State University, San Bernardino in 2011. His Master’s thesis is titled: “The Perceived Effectiveness of Sports Interventions on Mental Health.” Isais worked as a Psychiatric Clinical Therapist (Associate Clinical Social Worker) for Los Angeles Department of Mental Health (South Central/Crenshaw area) for approx. 3 years before entering Mizzou to pursue a PhD in Sociology. Isais’ current areas of interest are: Sociology of Sport, Culture and Identity, and Social Inequalities. 

Isais’ current dissertation topic focuses on the professional boxing community/culture of Los Angeles, CA. Isais is particularly interested in the racialized and ethnicized components of boxing/fighting styles, the management and policing of gender and masculinity inside boxing gym environments, and the social significance of nationalism in respects to identity and identity management, especially from the relationship between coach/trainer and boxer. Isais is currently a Gus T. Ridgel fellow and 3rd year doctoral student at the University of Missouri.

Select Publications: 

“Kids 'R Us: The Failure of a Perspective, Critical Race Theory, and Expanding Coverage in the Sociology of Youth Sports” By: Brooks, Scott N., Knudtson, Matthew, and Smith, Isais W.

Pending Publications:

Styles Makes Fights: Masculinity, Nationalism, and Identity in Boxing” By: Smith, Isais W. 

The Athletic Ethic and Spirit of Neoliberalism: The Importance of “Go Big or Go Home" Speculation, Media, and Recruiting on Intercollegiate Athletics” By: Brooks, Scott N., Knudtson, Mathew, and Smith, Isais W.