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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. Smith specializes in forensic DNA, transitional justice, politics, and human rights. Her research centers on the social and ethical dimensions of genetics, medical anthropology and human rights among other anthropological subjects.  


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

Research Areas

  • Medical Geography
  • Migration And Human Rights
  • Forensic DNA
  • Science Studies
  • Transitional Justice
  • Social Movements
  • Feminist Geography

Country Specialization(s)

  • Argentina
  • Latin America

Latin American Studies Courses

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

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