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Lindsay Smith

    Assistant Professor, Geography and Environmental Studies

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Assistant Professor Lindsay Smith received an appointment at the University in New Mexico in 2012, where she currently teaches in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies. She offers undergraduate and graduate level courses for Latin American Studies students, with classes focuses on topics such as the exploration of the ways rights are experienced, enacted, and contested in specific socio-cultural contexts; the early history of anthropology; and the key theories and methodologies underlying the anthropological study of health, illness, and healing, among other topics. works at the intersection of human rights, medical anthropology, and forensic science to understand the role that new genetic technologies play in post-conflict settings. She has worked with families, scientists, and activist groups in Argentina, Guatemala, and Peru to document how citizens and survivors have drawn on DNA as a tool for justice after genocide.  In her current work, Dr. Smith focuses on migration from Central America to the United States to help document the violence and disappearance that migrants suffer in Mexico and the US-borderlands. Throughout her career, Dr. Smith has focused on training indigenous and immigrant groups in the tools of ethnography, science studies, and forensics to enable a new generation of Latin American scholars working at the nexus of science and justice.


  • PhD in Anthropology, Harvard University (2008)
  • MA in Medical Anthropology, Harvard University (2004)
  • BA in Anthropology and Psychology, Rice University (2002)

Research Areas

  • Forensic Science
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Migration
  • Politics and Human Rights
  • Post-Conflict Settings and Transitional Justice

Country Specialization(s)

  • Argentina
  • Guatemala
  • Peru

Latin American Studies Courses

*Latin America-related courses offered during the past three years*

  • ANTH 546 Theory in Ethnology I
  • ANTH 340/530 Human Rights
  • ANTH 530 Anthropology of Health
  • ANTH 339/539 Human Rights in Anthropology