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Malinda S Smith, PhD, MA, MDA, BA (magna cum laude)

Full Professor


Political Science

About Me

I am a full professor in the Department of Political Science in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta, and a 2018 Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Fellow, a 2018 Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Award, and a 2018-19 Provost Fellow in Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Policy. My research and engaged scholarship draws on critical theoretical perspectives in the social sciences and the humanities to explore questions of equity, human rights and social justice, African political economy and security studies, and diversity, decoloniality in higher education. My recent published research traverses four main areas: first, diversity in theory and practice; second, critical African security studies including the temporality and spatiality of terrorism; third, the genealogy of poverty and inequality, and, fourth, gender, critical race and intersectionality in higher education.

Most recently I am the author of journal articles such as, "Race, racialization and Indigeneity in Canadian universities" in Race, Ethnicity and Education, 20, 3 (2017), and book chapters such as, "Diversity in Theory, Practice, and Policy" in Contemporary Inequalities and Social Justice in Canada, edited by J. Brodie (University of Toronto Press, 2018).

A Social Science and Humanities Research Council-funded study examined the representation and status of racialized and Indigenous scholars, scholarship, and supports in the Canadian academy. Our coauthored book (with Ena Dua, Frances Henry, Carl James, Audrey Kobayashi, Peter Li, and Howard Ramos), The Equity Myth: Racialization and Indigeneity at Canadian Universities, was released in June 2017 with the University of British Columbia Press.

I am also the editor of three books, including Securing Africa: Post-9/11 Discourses on Terrorism (Ashgate, 2010); ‘Beyond the African Tragedy’: Discourses on Development and the Global Economy (Ashgate, 2006, Routledge, 2016); and Globalizing Africa (Africa World Press, 2003). I am also the co-editor of two books, including Critical Concepts: An Introduction to Politics (2013, with J. Brodie and S. Rein); and States of Race: Critical Race Feminism for the 21st Century (2010, with S. Razack and S. Thobani). Currently, I am working on an edited volume, The Nuances of Blackness in the Academy (with A. Ibrahim, T. Kitossa, and H. Wright), my Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Fellowship project, "A Seat at the Table: Engendering Black Canadian Pasts and Futures,and, with a new publisher, a new edition of Critical Concepts: An Introduction to Politics (with J. Brodie and S. Rein).

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