Educational Background

  • Ph.D., University of Washington - Geography
  • M.A., University of Oregon - International Studies
  • B.A., The Evergreen State College - Political Economy and Media (Liberal Arts)

Scholarly Interests

  • social justice and inequality
  • critical development theory
  • Latin America
  • Middle East
  • colonialism
  • neoliberalism
  • social movements
  • globalization
  • Third World studies
  • race, class and gender
  • political economy
  • media production and criticis

Curriculum Vitae

Selected Publications

Smith, R.J. (2014). "Salt in the Wounds: Humanitarianism, Desalination and Water Politics in the Gaza Strip." Geoforum. Submitted, Under Review

Smith, R.J. (2014). "Isolation through Humanitarianism: The Siege on the Gaza Strip." Draft Complete, submitted to Antipode in September 2014.

Smith, R.J. (Forthcoming) "Punitive Globalization: Sanctions and Siege in Gaza and Iran". Logos. Early draft in progress.

Smith, R. J. (2013). "A Danger to the Region": Subaltern Geopolitics of Palestinians Detained in Israeli Prisons. The Arab World Geographer, 16(1), 75-100.

Smith, R. J. (2012) "Geographies Of Dis/Topia In The Nation State: Israel, Palestine, And The Geographies Of Liberation." Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review. Volume 23.2. Spring 2012.

Smith, R. J. (2011) "Graduated incarceration: The Israeli occupation in subaltern geopolitical perspective." Geoforum, 42, 316-328.

Smith, R. J. (2011) "'New Wars' and Classic Imperialism - The Siege on Gaza and the Occupation of the West Bank." Human Geography, 4, 80-99.

Smith, R. J. (2011) "Geographies of Dis/topia in the Nation State: Israel, Palestine, and the Geographies of Liberation." Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Working Papers Series. Volume 222. 29-50

Smith, R. J. (2011) "National & Transnational Security Regimes: Israel/Palestine." Encyclopedia entry: Brill Online Encyclopedia of Women in Islamic Cultures. 6th Edition.

Smith, R. J. and Sousa, C. (2008) "Army of None: An Insider's Journey" in Security Disarmed: Critical Perspectives on Gender, Race, and Militarization. Rutgers University Press, New Brunswick: 2008

Smith, R.J. (Under Revision) "The geography of siege: The geopolitics of isolation as 'humanitarian intervention' and punishment in the globalized world." Geography Compass.

Smith, R.J. " 'A danger to the region:' Subaltern geopolitics of Palestinians detained in Israeli prisons." Arab World Geographer. April 2013.


Places I've Been

The following links are virtual breadcrumbs marking the 27 most recent pages you have visited in If you want to remember a specific page forever click the pin in the top right corner and we will be sure not to replace it. Close this message.