Kimbra Smith, Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Dr. Smith has been a part of the University of Colorado community since 2006. She previously taught at Oberlin College and the University of Notre Dame, after holding a Fulbright-CIES Fellowship in Ecuador in 2001. Education A.B. Princeton University M.A., Ph.D. University of Chicago Interests Dr. Smith is a cultural anthropologist with longstanding interests in both archaeology and applied anthropology. She has been conducting research in Ecuador and Peru since 1991, and ran applied projects with Mexican/Central American immigrant communities in the Midwest from 2003-2005. Dr. Smith's academic research looks at the complex processes of producing collective memory and developing strategies that enable communities to negotiate around and within oppressive political and economic systems. Her primary research interests include the anthropology of (local) knowledge and the production of authority; the interrelations of history, memory, representation, and power; and the ties connecting authority, responsibility, risk, and corruption. Her theoretical research to date has considered the politics of cultural production and political uses of archaeology in the Andes; the politics of value and the concept of authenticity; and the production of racialized geographies in Ecuador. Dr. Smith's ongoing applied projects include a community-based initiative to produce alternative pedagogical strategies for rural indigenous schools in Ecuador, several community-guided projects in sustainable ecotourism and development, and projects increasing access to and knowledge of labor rights for immigrant workers within the U.S. She has also organized an international conference that brought together researchers, artisans, and indigenous community members from northern Peru and southern Ecuador for the first time.



ANTH 104 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 240 Survey of Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 397 History of Anthropological Theory
ANTH 498 Senior Seminar: Cultural Memory (with Dr. Church)

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