- 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)
- social justice and inequality
- critical development theory
- Latin America
- Middle East
- social movements
- Third World studies
- race, class and gender
- political economy
- media production and criticis
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. (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) "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.