Department of Geography and Environmental Planning



James Smith

Associate Professor


Office:   LA2352
Phone:   410-704-4620
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I enjoy working with students at graduate and undergraduate levels. Currently, I am applying for grants that will enable both intensive and broad scale research on ethnic communities in the Greater Baltimore and Washington D.C. regions. Due to my specific interest in Asian American communities, I particularly encourage students with Chinese language proficiencies (Mandarin, Wu, Cantonese and/or Min) who are interested in doing qualitative fieldwork to apply to our program. I am also keen to work with students interested in South, Central and Southwest Asian communities, issues and identities. I have guided several students to completed Master’s degrees (thesis and non-thesis options). My method is to help the student construct a clear research design that will enable her/him to complete the research and writing in a timely manner, and lead to successful applications to doctoral programs, or employment in the public or private sectors. My research program provides opportunities for students interested in geographies of ethnicity, immigration and national identities, explored through qualitative or mixed methods.







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