Vera Smirnova

Ph.D. in Planning, Governance, and Globalization, Virginia Tech

Dr. Vera Smirnova

Vera Smirnova is an assistant professor of geography and political science at Kansas State University. She received her Ph.D. at the School of Public and International Affairs, from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (2018) and was a postdoctoral research fellow at the National Research University Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Russia.

Her research interests lie in the intersection of political geography, history of geographic thought, and territorial politics, with her current work examining the relations between land, territory, and power and their various manifestations in pre- and post-Soviet Russia.

Dr. Smirnova teaches courses in human geography, political geography and geopolitics, world geography and globalization, and most recently, politics of Russia and the former Soviet Union.