Associate Professor & Chair
Urban economic, North America, and Native Americans

Carnegie Hall, 104b

Curriculum Vitae

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 is a recipient of the  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.

SELECTED WORKS OF LAURA SMITH in the Macalester Digital Commons


  • GEOG 242:  Regional Geography of the US and Canada
  • GEOG 262:  Metro Analysis
  • GEOG 365:  Urban GIS
  • GEOG 378:  Statistical Research Methods in Geography
  • GEOG 476: Transportation Geography SeminarLinks for Geography course syllabi can be found on our Course Syllabi page.

    Civic Engagement Projects

    *The project reports listed below may be downloaded in their entirety from the Geography Department’s Civic Engagement page.