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Sara H. Smith
Assistant Professor
Office: Saunders 222
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Political, cultural, and feminist geography; intimacy, territory, and bodies; health politics; geopolitical subject formation; Ladakh; Jammu and Kashmir; South Asia

Research Interests

I am a feminist political geographer interested in the relationship between territory, bodies, and the everyday. In my research, I seek to understand how political and geopolitical conflict is constituted or disrupted through intimate acts of love, friendship, and birth.

 Project Publications

In press: Intimate territories and the experimental subject in the Leh District of India's Jammu and Kashmir State. Ethnos.

2012     Intimate geopolitics: Religion, marriage, and reproductive bodies in Leh, Ladakh. Annals of the Association of American Geographers. 102(6): 1511-1528. 

2011     “She says herself, ‘I have no future’”: Love, fate, and territory in Leh District, India. Gender, Place and Culture 18(4): 455-476.

2009     The domestication of geopolitics: Buddhist-Muslim conflict and the policing of marriage and the body in Ladakh, India. Geopolitics 14(2): 1-22.

2008     Notes from the field: the geopolitics of intimacy and babies in Leh. Ladakh Studies 23(December): 20-25.


Other Publications:

2012     Review of Intimate others: marriage and sexualities in India. S. Sen, R. Biswas, and N. Dhawan. Gender, Place and Culture. 19(6): 810-812. DOI:10.1080/0966369X.2012.736249.

2004     Review of The scandal of the state: women, law, and citizenship in postcolonial India. Rajeshwari Sunder Rajan. Environment & Planning D: Society & Space. 22(6): 936.

Courses Taught

Geography 267: South Asia (Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2012)

Geography 703: Research Design (Fall 2010, Spring 2012)

Geography 814: Seminar in Social Geography, "Bodies, Territory, Violence." (Spring 2011)

Geography 399: Special Topics, Political and Cultural Geographies of South Asia (Spring 2010)

Geography 120: World Regional Geography (Fall 2009, Spring 2010)

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