Laura Smith is an urban geographer, whose primary research interests lie in
metropolitan housing markets, urban transportation and economic development, law-land use
interactions and American Indian lands and development. 

She teaches courses in urban geography, urban GIS (Geographic Information Systems),
statistical methods and the regional geography of the U.S. and Canada. 

Her most recent projects have focused on the patterns and characteristics of mortgage
foreclosures in the Twin Cities and on issues of American Indian land ownership and
development in Minnesota. 

EDUCATION: B.A., Macalester College, 1994; M.A., University of Minnesota, 1996; Ph.D.,
University of Minnesota, 2004 

Laura Smith has been teaching at Macalester College since 2001. 



Duluth, Minnesota: Reinvention of an American Industrial Center (with David Lanegran), Geographische Rundschau International Edition (2009)


Indigenous Geography, GIS, and Land-Use Planning on the Bois Forte Reservation, American Indian Culture and Research Journal (2008)