Jen Rose Smith

Position title: Assistant Professor




University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellow, Native American Studies, UC Davis

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


Native American and Indigenous Studies; Race, Racialization, and Indigeneity; Alaska Native Studies; Critical Cultural and Human Geography; Critical Northern and Arctic Studies; Environmental Humanities; Science and Technology Studies; Native American Literature


I am a dAXunhyuu (Eyak, Alaska Native) geographer interested in the intersections of coloniality, race, and indigeneity as read through aesthetic and literary contributions, archival evidences, and experiential embodied knowledges. I serve on an all-Native women advisory board for the Eyak Cultural Foundation, a non-profit that organizes annual language and cultural revitalization gatherings, and directs a Cultural Mapping Project in their homelands of Eyak, Alaska. I am also an Editor as part of the Editorial Collective at the journal ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies. Please contact me if you have questions regarding ACME submissions.


My book manuscript, Icy Matters: Race, Indigeneity, and Coloniality in Ice-Geographies, undertakes an analysis of coloniality and racialization in icy locales to demonstrate how ice has been a foundational object for making sense of the world and beyond. Specifically, I analyze ice in three formations: ice as a material entity and terrain of conflict; ice as a cultural and scientific imaginary; and ice as an analytic that produces a temporalized, universal logic of human historicity and futurity. By centering ice, the book investigates the milieu and non-human relations as sites and sources of analysis that are integrally bound up with colonial and racial formations.


Critical Indigenous Ecological Knowledges, GEOG/AIS 410

Introduction to American Indian Studies, AIS 100

Race & Indigeneity in the Apocalypse, GEOG 501

Native Women and Modern Memoir, AIS 242


Dodds, K. &  Smith, J.R. (2022)  Against decline? The geographies and temporalities of the Arctic cryosphere. The Geographical Journal, 00,  1 11.:

Smith, J. R. (2021). “Exceeding Beringia”: Upending universal human events and wayward transits in Arctic spaces. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 39(1), 158-175.