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

Full Professor


Political Science

About Me

Malinda S. Smith is a Full Professor of Political Science in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta. Her research and engaged scholarship draws on critical theoretical perspectives in political science and the humanities to explore questions of equity, social justice, decolonization and social change. Her published research engages critical African political economy, the temporality and spatiality of terrorism, political economy of development, genealogy of poverty and inequality, and critical race and intersectionality.

In addition to scholarly articles and chapters, Dr. Smith is 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); and Globalizing Africa (Africa World Press, 2003). She is also the co-editor of two books, including Critical Concepts: An Introduction to Politics (2013, with Janine Brodie and Sandra Rein); and States of Race: Critical Race Feminism for the 21st Century (2010, with Sherene Razack and Sunera Thobani). A recent Social Science and Humanities Research Council-funded project examined the representation and status of racialized and Indigenous scholars in the Canadian academy (with Frances Henry (PI), Ena Dua, Carl James, Audrey Kobayashi, Peter Li, and Howard Ramos), and the coauthored book, The Equity Myth: Racialization and Indigeneity at Canadian Universities, is forthcoming with the University of British Columbia Press.

For her engagement and community outreach to advance equity and social justice, Dr. Smith has been honored with several awards, including: CRAC’s Anti-Racism Award (2010), Academic Women’s Association’s ‘Academic Woman of the Year’ Award (2011), the Office of Safe Disclosure and Human Rights inaugural ‘Human Rights Education Recognition Award’ (2013), and the national ‘Equity Award’ from the Canadian Association of University Teachers (2015), and the HSBC Community Contributor of the Year Award (2016) from the Canadian Centre for Diversity & Inclusion..

"Ensuring every voice is heard: Malinda S. Smith is trying to reframe how we look at issues of equity," by Caroline Barlott, Work of Arts (May 12, 2016)