Associate Professor & Chair
Urban economic, North America, and Native Americans
Carnegie Hall, 104b
Laura Smith teaches courses in urban economic geography, US and Canada and statistical research methods. She also teaches an urban GIS seminar that connects the class with a community-based project. Her recent research projects have focused on mortgage foreclosure patterns in the Twin Cities, transportation and development, and on issues of American Indian land ownership.
Laura Smith (Geography) is a recipient of the 2013 Association of American Geographers’ Enhancing Diversity Award for pioneering efforts toward encouraging a more diverse discipline over the past decade by working to expand the presence and participation of indigenous peoples in the AAG, and geography more broadly, through sustained partnerships and visionary leadership in the association, academia, and beyond.