Laurel C. 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

Courses Taught

Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability

GEOG 1103: Introduction to Human Geography

GEOG 2603: World Regional Geography

GEOG 3443: Environment and Society

GEOG 3843: Gender & Environment

GEOG 4313/5313: Interpreting Society and Environment with Qualitative Research Methods

GEOG 4863/5863: Regional Geographies of Indigenous Media

GEOG 4893: Research Methods and Professional Development

GEOG 4953: Capstone in Geography, GIS and Environmental Sustainability

GEOG 6220: Critical Geographies of Development

GEOG 6220: Critical Geopolitics

GEOG 6220: Seminar in Human Geography—Introducing (Some) Critical Theory

GEOG 6220: Seminar in Human Geography—Critical Geopolitics

GEOG 6973: Contemporary Geographic Thought

International and Area Studies

IAS 3940: Indigenous Peoples in Contemporary Peru (Journey to Latin America)

Honors College

HON 2973: Perspectives on the American Experience—American Landscape

HON 2973: Perspectives on the American Experience—What is Science?

HON 3993: Honors Colloquium—Gender and Environment


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.

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: Indigenous 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.