Ph.D., 2005, Kent State University,
Kent State University
(Dissertation defended, 6 October 2005)
Dissertation Title: Japanese American
Identities: Place and Social Spaces in
M.A., 1998, Geography and
Thesis title: Population Shifts and
Geopolitics in the Twenty-first Century
Areas of Expertise
Ethnic and national identities in North America, China and Japan
Globalization and cities
Urban landscapes and regions
- East Asia
- US Mid-Atlantic
Selected Conference Presentations
2014 Chinese American Ethnogenesis: Creating New Identities and Boundaries. Presented
April 11 at the Association of American Geographers Conference, Tampa Florida, April
8-12. (Served as Session Chair, Race and Space in America and its Margins).
2012 Constructing Chinese American Identities: The Instrumentalities of Evangelical
Social Spaces and Boundaries. Presented October 25 at the Sixth Race, Ethnicity and
Place Conference, San Juan, Puerto Rico, October 24-26.
2010 Ethnic Boundaries and Intersecting Identities: The Hui and Han in Xian, PR
China. Presented November 5 at the Pennsylvania Geographical Society and Middle Atlantic
Division of the Association of American Geographers 2010 Joint Annual Meeting, York
Pennsylvania, November 5-6. (Served as Session Chair, Human Geography 2).
Smith, James M. 2012. Geography of International Affairs. Third Edition. Dubuque IA:
Kendall Hunt Publishers.
Smith, James M. 2008. Ethnic Identities and Urban Social Spaces: Two Japanese American
Ethno-Spiritual Communities in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles. Geografiska Annaler, Series
B: Human Geography 90 (4): 389-408.
Smith, James M. 2003. Global Affairs and Population Issues in the Twenty-First Century.
Towson University Journal of International Affairs, 37 (2): 6-20.
- Vice-Chair, Ethnic Geography Specialty Group, Association of American Geographers,
- Secretary-Treasurer, Ethnic Geography Specialty Group, 2006-2008
- Reader of Papers and Judge for Annual Ethnic Geography Specialty Group Best Student
Paper Award (2006-2012).
- Asian Studies Faculty and Committee, 2006-Present