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, College Scholars Program
  • Phone
    831-459-2704 (Office)
  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Humanities Building 1, 333
  • Office Hours Fall 2021: Thursdays 12-1:30pm
  • Mail Stop Humanities Academic Services
  • Courses LIT 80Q: Jane the Virgin; LIT 124B: Contemporary Latin American Short Story; LIT 160F: Mapping Fictions: Geocritical Approaches to Cultural Studies; LIT 167I: The Environmental Humanities: Latin American Perspectives; LIT 188R: Las humanidades ambientales: perspectivas latinoamericanas; LIT 189B: El siglo XIX en América Latinas: cultura, política y sociedad; LIT 189I: Literatura e indigeneidad; LIT 288Z/231A: 20th- and 21st-century Latin American Commodity Narratives; LIT 288Y: Indigeneidad contemporánea en América Latina; LIT 251/288Y: The Environmental Humanities: Latin American Perspectives

Summary of Expertise

20th- & 21st-century Latin American and Latinx literatures and cultures, Indigenous studies, Amazonia, the environmental humanities, the spatial humanities, sound studies.

Research Interests

Professor Smith's research explores relationships among space, ecology, decoloniality, and development in Latin American and Latinx cultures. Her book, Mapping the Amazon: Literary Geography after the Rubber Boom (Liverpool University Press, 2021), examines how stories told about the Amazon in canonical twentieth-century novels have shaped the way people across the globe understand and use the region. Her next book project studies the impact of the current climate crisis on configurations of family and kinship in twenty-first-century Latin American and Latinx cultures. Smith is co-founder of the Latin American Sound Studies Working Group with Tamara Mitchell and is working with Mitchell on an edited volume on Latin American literary sound studies. 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. She also co-edited the provocative graphic novel, United States of Banana.



Biography, Education and Training

PhD, The Johns Hopkins University

MA, Michigan State University

BA, Michigan State University


Languages: Spanish, Portuguese, French, Quechua

Honors, Awards and Grants

Selected Publications

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

Selected Presentations

  • "Indigenous Radio against Extractivism," SPAN 535 - Environment and Extractivism in Latin American Culture, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, December 1, 2021 (upcoming).
  • "Sounds Like New Values: Decoloniality and Sonic Unintelligibility in United States of Banana: A Graphic Novel (2021) by Giannina Braschi and Joakim Lindengren," XXXIX International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association, May 26-29, 2021.
  • "Cartografías literarias amazónicas," Coloquio de Spanish Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz, May 24, 2021.
  • "Queer Ecology in Islas by Rodrigo la Hoz," SPAN 550 - Porn Lit: Critical Approaches to Erotic Literature in Latin America and Spain, Department of French, Hispanic, and Italian Studies, University of British Columbia, March 12, 2021.

Selected Recordings