Tom is a senior fellow at NORC and directs NORC’s Center for the Study of Politics & Society. He is also co-founder of the International Social Survey Program (ISSP), former Secretary General of the ISSP, and currently co-chairing the ISSP Methodology Committee. He is frequently consulted and quoted by the news media on such diverse topics as American sexual behavior, intergroup relations, and confidence in institutions, happiness, religion, guns, and voter behavior.
Tom is a prolific writer, analyzing and publishing the results of his studies in peer-reviewed journals and NORC-published reports aimed at students, scholars, and policy makers. He serves as a referee for many peer-reviewed journals, including American Journal of Sociology, Health Affairs, and Demography, and he is a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Public Opinion Research. Smith was editor-in-chief of Public Opinion Quarterly from 2012 to 2016.
Tom has also received numerous awards, including the AAPOR Innovators Award (2000, 2003); the AAPOR Award for Exceptionally Distinguished Achievement (2002), Eastern Sociological Society Award for Distinguished Contributions to Sociology (2003), the ICPSR Warren E. Miller Award for Meritorious Service to the Social Sciences (2011), the AAPOR Book Award (2013), and the Harry W. O’Neill Outstanding Achievement Award to General Social Survey from New York Chapter of AAPOR (2019). He also was the first recipient of NORC’s Norman Bradburn Career Achievement Award, established in 2015 to recognize individuals who have made a significant contribution to the field of social science research or methodology.
University of Chicago
Pennsylvania State University
Pennsylvania State University
Appointments & Affiliations
Midwest Association for Public Opinion Research; Sociological Research Association (SRA)
Honors & Awards
Norman Bradburn Career Achievement Award | 2015
NORC at the University of Chicago
Warren E. Miller Award for Meritorious Service to the Social Sciences | 2011
ICPSR at the University of Michigan
Award for Exceptionally Distinguished Achievement | 2002
opens in new tab"Age Differences in Mental Health from May through August 2020 among U.S. Adults: Trajectories and the Role of Pandemic, Lifestyle, and Social Factors."
Journal Article | July 1, 2022
opens in new tab"Spirituality and Religion in the United States, 1998-2020."
Report | March 16, 2022
opens in new tab"The International Social Survey Program Modules on Religion, 1991–2018."
Journal Article | December 10, 2021
opens in new tab"Tracking U.S. Social Change over a Half-Century: The General Social Survey at Fifty."
Journal Article | July 22, 2020
opens in new tab"Optimizing Questionnaire Design in Cross‐National and Cross‐Cultural Surveys."
Book | April 20, 2020
Tom W. Smith Honored as Fellow at MAPOR Annual Conference
Press Release | November 22, 2019
opens in new tab"Tracking Question-Wording Experiments across Time in the General Social Survey, 1984-2014."
Book | October 17, 2019
General Social Survey Awarded NYAAPOR's Harry O'Neill Award
Press Release | June 5, 2019