Laura Smith

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Associate Professor of Art History
KAC 105e

Laura Smith is an associate professor of art history and visual culture at Michigan State University with specializations in North American arts, Indigenous North American arts, and photography. She is the author of Horace Poolaw, Photographer of American Indian Modernity (University of Nebraska Press, 2016). Her research largely focuses on Indigenous artists and subjects who have used technical inventions (such as photography, video, and digital media) to control representation, affirm and explore identities, and to challenge their disenfranchisement under American settler colonialism. In her teaching, she has become increasingly interested in the ways digital technologies can invigorate art historical pedagogy, facilitate collaborative learning, and promote equity and diversity in the creation and critique of knowledge.

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