Alumni Spotlight

Tamara Smith (class of 1995) pursued a doctorate in Sociology after graduating with her Bachelor’s degree from SUNYA.

Tamara Smith, Associate Professor & Department Chair of Sociology at WSU
She now lives in Easthampton, MA with her husband Gabriel Aquino (who also graduated in 1995, they started dating their sophomore year of college) and their five children, ages 5, 7, 9, 11 and 16. This past fall, Tamara successfully ran for a position in her city’s government at a City Councilor-at-Large. She sees this as a way to participate in public sociology, and has encouraged other women to also consider a role in the political realm. In a race with seven candidates vying for four seats, Tamara was the only woman and only newcomer to politics to run.

She is a tenured Associate Professor and Department Chair of Sociology at WSU, specializing in gerontology, intergenerational family issues, carework and education. She has served on several national committees, including Co-Chair for the Committee on the Status of Women for the Eastern Sociological Society, and Chair of the Career Development Committee for Sociologists for Women in Society. She was a Research Associate for the Institute of Gerontology at the University of New York at Albany for several years prior to moving to Massachusetts, where she managed federal, state and local grants, including all budgetary aspects.