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About Laura Smith

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; M.A., University of Minnesota; Ph.D., University of Minnesota.
Laura Smith has been teaching at Macalester College since 2001.


Present Associate Professor, Geography, Macalester College



  • Urban GIS
  • Statistical Research Methods in Geography
  • Metro Analysis
  • Regional Geography of the US and Canada
  • Transportation Geography

Contact Information

Macalester College
Carnegie 104B
1600 Grand Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105
(651) 696-6505