Ph.D., 1997, Arizona State University
My current research delves into understanding peoples' emotional attachment to place (Place Attachment) as well as interrogating places that restore cognitive and emotional balance (Restorative Places). There is a strong undercurrent of landscape analysis and phenomenology in my current research endeavors.
- Smith, Jeffrey S. 2022. Cognitive mapping as a method to assess peoples' attachment to place. The Geographical Review 112(1): 6-26.
- Smith, Jeffrey S. 2020. The effects of cultural disturbance on acequias in the Upper Rio Grande region. Material Culture 52(2): 1-20.
- Smith, Jeffrey S. 2018. Explorations in Place Attachment. London: Routledge.
- Smith, Jeffrey S. 2009. Three generations of international tourist resorts in Mexico. Geographische Rundschau International 5(1): 4-10.
- Smith, Jeffrey S. 2002. Rural place attachment in Hispano urban centers. The Geographical Review 92(3): 432-451.
- GEOG 100 World Geography & Globalization
- GEOG 310 Geography of Kansas
- GEOG 620 Geography of Mexico, Central America, & Caribbean
- GEOG 790 Seminar: Geography of Place
- GEOG 790 Seminar: Field Experience
- Book Review Editor, Journal of Cultural Geography
- Member of Editorial Advisory Board, Urbana: Urban Affairs and Public Policy
- Member of Editorial Advisory Board, FOCUS on Geography
- Lead Undergraduate Advisor, Dept. of Geography & Geospatial Sciences
Jeffrey Smith earned his Ph.D. in geography from Arizona State University in 1997 and joined the faculty at Kansas State University in 1998. He was awarded graduate faculty status the following year.
Dr. Smith has published one book (Explorations in Place Attachment – Routledge), is lead author on twenty-seven refereed journal articles (nine in flagship journals), ten book / encyclopedia chapters, nineteen book reviews, and a co-edited textbook for World Geography. His 2001 North American Geographer article titled “Los Hermanos Penitentes” that explored an important component of the Nuevomexicano culture won the Editor’s Choice Award. In 2006 he was selected as a Transnational Fellow by the Mexico-North Research Network based on his research in rural Mexico. For the past twenty years Dr. Smith has been serving as Book Review Editor for the Journal of Cultural Geography.
In addition to securing twenty-two grants and fellowships, he has presented numerous papers at professional meetings and has been an invited speaker at fourteen colleges / universities. Dr. Smith has had eight Masters students and three Ph.D. students complete their degrees under his guidance.
Over the course of his thirty years of teaching college/university level classes he has earned many teaching awards, including the 2004 Kansas State University Presidential Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and the 2017 Iman / K-State Alumni Outstanding Faculty Award for Teaching.