Laurel Smith

Appointments at the University of Oklahoma:

Associate Professor of Geography, 2014-present
Assistant Professor of Geography and Honors, 2007-2014

Affiliations at the University of Oklahoma:

Center for Social Justice (2012-present)
Film and Media Studies (2009-present)
Women's and Gender Studies Program (2008- present)


Ph.D., Geography, University of Kentucky
M.A., History of Science, University of Oklahoma
B.A. History, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Selected Courses:


Smith, Laurel. 2016. Algunas geografías de videos indígenas hechos en Oaxaca, México. In Miradas propias: Pueblos indígenas, comunicación y medios en la sociedad global, Edited by Claudia Magallanes Blanco and José Manuel Ramos Rodríguez. Puebla, México: Universidad Iberoamericana Puebla and Quito, Ecuador: CIESPAL, pp. 111-131 <Link>.

Smith, Laurel. 2015. Indigenous media and postcolonial pedagogy. In Mediated Geographies and Geographies of Media, Edited by Susan Mains, Julie Cupples, and Chris Lukinbeal. New York: Springer, pp. 417-432 <Link>.

Listening for the Rain: Indigneous Perspectives on Climate Change <Link> (2014). 22-minute video produced with Jeffrey Palmer and Filoteo Gómez Martínez with support from the South Central Climate Science Center and the Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program.

Smith, Laurel. 2012. Visualizing Indigenous women in Oaxaca: Mexico at the end of the twentieth century. Historical Geography Special Issue "Digital Historical Geography: Representation, Archive and Access." 40:61-83. [Simultaneously published in Spanish translation: Visualización de mujeres indígenas en Oaxaca: México a finales del siglo veinte"] Historical Geography Special Issue "Digital Historical Geography: Representation, Archive and Access <Link>." 40: 85-109]

Smith, Laurel. 2012. Decolonizing hybridity: Indigenous video, knowledge, and diffraction. Cultural Geographies 19 (3): 329-348 <Link>.

Smith, Laurel. 2010. Locating post-colonial technoscience: through the lens of Indigenous video. History and Technology: An International Journal 16 (3): 249-77 <Link>.

Smith, Laurel. 2008. The Search for Well Being: Placing Development with Indigenous Identity. In Global Indigenous Media: Cultures, Practices, and Politics <Link>, Edited by Pamela Wilson and Michelle Stewart. Durham: Duke University Press, pp. 183-196.

Smith, Laurel. 2006. Mobilizing Indigenous video: the Mexican case. The Journal of Latin American Geography 5 (1): 113-128. <Link>

Smith, Laurel. 2002. The "cultural turn" in the classroom: two examples of pedagogy and the politics of representation. The Journal of Geography 101: 240-249 <Link>.

Smith, Laurel. 2002. Chips off the old ice block: Nanook of the North and the relocation of cultural identity. In Engaging Film: Geographies of Mobility and Identity <Link>, Edited by Tim Cresswell and Deborah Dixon. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, pp. 94-122.

Book reviews:

Smith, Laurel. 2014. Review of Indigenous Media in Mexico: Culture, Community, and the State (2013) by Erica Cusi Wortham. In Journal of Anthropological Research vol. 70(4): 170-171.

Smith, Laurel. 2008. Review of Gringolandia: Mexican Identity and Perceptions of the United States (2005) by Stephen D. Morris. In Social & Cultural Geography vol. 8(4): 252-253.