University of Wisconsin–Madison

Jen Rose Smith

Assistant Professor of Geography and American Indian Studies (August 2020)


University of California Postdoctoral Fellow, Native American Studies, UC Davis 2019-2020

Ph.D., Department of Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley 2019

Current Research

My current book project Indeterminate Natures: Race and Indigeneity in Ice-Geographies foregrounds an analysis of colonialism in relation to ice in Alaska and the Arctic. I argue that Arctic climate and ice as a non-normative terrain shape how race and indigeneity are conceptualized in culture, geological and anthropological sciences, and concretized in law. I analyze how unique forms of racialization and dispossession have occurred historically and in ongoing dimensions in Arctic spaces, and highlight multi-faceted contemporary Indigenous contestations of a changing climate.

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