James Smith

Associate Professor

James Smith

Contact Information

College of Liberal Arts,
Room 2352
Mon - Wed 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Thurs: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.


Ph.D., 2005, Kent State University,
Geography Department,
Kent State University
(Dissertation defended, 6 October 2005)
Dissertation Title: Japanese American
Identities: Place and Social Spaces in
Little Tokyo

M.A., 1998, Geography and
Environmental Planning
Towson University
Thesis title: Population Shifts and
Geopolitics in the Twenty-first Century

B.S.,1990, History,
Towson University

Areas of Expertise

Ethnic and national identities in North America, China and Japan
Globalization and cities
Urban landscapes and regions

Regional Proficiency

  • East Asia
  • US Mid-Atlantic
  • California

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).

Selected Publications

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.

Professional Service:

  • Vice-Chair, Ethnic Geography Specialty Group, Association of American Geographers, 2008-2009
  • 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