Affiliated Faculty

Amanda M. Smith
  • Title
    • Assistant Professor
  • Division Humanities Division
  • Department
    • Literature Department
  • Affiliations Spanish Studies, Latin American & Latino Studies, Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, Research Center for the Americas, Oakes College
  • Phone
    831-459-2704 (Office)
  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Humanities Building 1, 333
  • Office Hours Spring 2021: Appointment slots Thursdays 11:30am-1pm:
  • Mail Stop Humanities Academic Services

Summary of Expertise

20th- & 21st-century Latin American literature and cultural studies, Amazonia, Indigeneity, ecocritical theory, sound studies, mapping and the spatial humanities.


Research Interests

Amanda M. Smith received her PhD from the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at the Johns Hopkins University. Her research explores relationships among space, ecology, sound, and development in Latin American and Latinx cultures. Her book, Mapping the Amazon: Literary Geography after the Rubber Boom (Liverpool University Press, 2021), examines novels about Amazonia that have both upheld and undermined institutional efforts to map the region for extraction. Her next project studies how narratives of motherhood are shifting in the current climate crisis. Professor Smith's work has appeared in The Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies; ReVista: Harvard Review of Latin America; A contracorriente; Chiricú Journal: Latina/o Literatures, Arts, and Cultures; and Ciberletras.



Biography, Education and Training

PhD, The Johns Hopkins University

MA, Michigan State University

BA, Michigan State University


Languages: Spanish, Portuguese, French, Quechua




Selected Publications

Recent Publications

2020. Sounds of the Baguazo: Listening to Extractivism in an Intercultural Radio Programme from the Peruvian AmazonJournal of Latin American Cultural Studies.

2020. De Canaima al Parque Nacional Canaima: cuando la literatura entierra geografías indígenasReVista: Harvard Review of Latin America.


Please see Google Scholar and for a complete list of publications.