Andrea Smith

Graduate Student

Fall 2023 Office Hours:
By appointment

In 2018 and 2019, I received my BS in Psychology and my BA in Sociology with a minor in LGBTQ+ studies from Louisiana State University. I then went on to get my MA in Sociology from the University of Central Florida. While at UCF, I researched food swamps around public and private schools in the United States. I also researched medical mistrust and belief in COVID-19 conspiracy theories and the effects they may have on adherence to COVID prevention guidelines.

I am interested in all things racial inequality, however, I am specifically interested in the presence of controlling images and stereotypes in different forms of media (i.e., cable news, video games, TV shows, etc…). This interest can be seen in my MA thesis, which investigates how the most partisan cable news networks, FOX News and MSNBC, framed victims and officers in their coverage of cases where officers murdered Black victims. When I am not doing research, I love to hula hoop dance, read manga, play board games, and crochet.

Andrea Smith
M.A. in Sociology, University of Central Florida; B.A. in Sociology, Louisiana State University; B.S. in Psychology, Louisiana State University