Rick W. A. Smith, Ph.D.
 
 

I am a biocultural anthropologist studying how power and inequality become molecular

 
 
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Rick W. A. Smith, Ph.D.

Rick W. A. Smith, Ph.D.

About Me

I am a biocultural anthropologist and geneticist currently working as a postdoctoral fellow with the Neukom Institute for Computational Science and the Department of Anthropology at Dartmouth College. I am also a research affiliate with the Indigenous STS Lab in the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta.

My work focuses on the ways that ancient urbanism and imperialism shape genetic and epigenetic variation across ethnic and gender divides. My research also focuses on the genetic and ecological impacts of settler colonialism in North America. As a biocultural anthropologist, my work merges genetics, epigenetics, ancient DNA, bio/archaeology, and queer, feminist, and Indigenous science studies to trace the ways that power and inequality become molecular.

My work also advances science justice, foregrounding the work of historically marginalized scientists. In particular, my research centers on how queer and Indigenous values are changing knowledge production in science.

 

Photos from the lab, field, and more.

SING Canada 2019. University of Alberta.

SING Canada 2019.
University of Alberta.

2019 Wenner Gren Masculinities Symposium.  Palácio de Seteais. Sintra, Portugal.

2019 Wenner Gren Masculinities Symposium.
Palácio de Seteais. Sintra, Portugal.

Huaca Pucllana.  2016 World Mummy Congress. Lima, Peru.

Huaca Pucllana.
2016 World Mummy Congress. Lima, Peru.

2018 Field Season at the Teotihuacan Research Laboratory. San Juan, Mexico.

2018 Field Season at the Teotihuacan Research Laboratory. San Juan, Mexico.

Feathered Serpent Pyramid. Teotihuacan Field Season 2018.

Feathered Serpent Pyramid.
Teotihuacan Field Season 2018.

Bolnick Paleogenomics Group, 2015. University of Texas at Austin.

Bolnick Paleogenomics Group, 2015.
University of Texas at Austin.

Caana Plaza. 2019 field season with the Caracol Archaeeological Project.

Caana Plaza.
2019 field season with the Caracol Archaeeological Project.

Ancient DNA Lab 2015. University of Texas at Austin.

Ancient DNA Lab 2015.
University of Texas at Austin.

Caracol Lab. 2019 field season with the Caracol Archaeological Project.

Caracol Lab.
2019 field season with the Caracol Archaeological Project.

Excavation at Monterrey Site. 2019 field season with the Caracol Archaeological Project.

Excavation at Monterrey Site.
2019 field season with the Caracol Archaeological Project.

Inside Caana Pyramid.  2019 field season with the Caracol Archaeological Project.

Inside Caana Pyramid.
2019 field season with the Caracol Archaeological Project.