Welcome

Alternate text for photo: Deondre sits in a wooded area. He is wearing a black shirt, with white and yellow ribbons visible, as well as red and yellow Ojibwe floral patterns. He is smiling and looking at the camera.

Boozhoo/hello! My name is Deondre Smiles. My pronouns are he/him/his as well as the Ojibwemowin pronoun wiin. I am Ojibwe, Black, and settler, and I am a citizen of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe. I am an Indigenous geographer whose research interests are multifaceted, including Indigenous geographies/epistemologies, science and technology studies, and tribal cultural resource preservation/protection.

My current academic position is as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Victoria, in B.C., Canada.

I earned my bachelor’s degree in Geography (2013) from Saint Cloud State University, my master’s degree in Global Indigenous Studies (2016) from the University of Minnesota-Duluth, and my Ph.D. in Geography (2020) from The Ohio State University, where I also spent a year (2020-21) as a President’s Postdoctoral Scholar in the Department of History.

I currently serve as the Chair of the Indigenous Peoples Specialty Group of the American Association of Geographers (AAG). I am also a member of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA), and the Canadian Association of Geographers. (CAG).

I am an affiliated faculty member in the CLEAR Lab (P.I. Dr. Max Liboiron), based out of the Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador. You can find out more about CLEAR and the amazing work the lab does here.

I also serve as a member of the editorial board of the journal Native American and Indigenous Studies, as well as serving on the Board of Trustees of Leech Lake Tribal College.

I’m originally from occupied Dakota territories (Minneapolis), but am currently living on unceded Lək̓ʷəŋən/Songhees, Esquimalt and W̱SÁNEĆ territories (Greater Victoria, B.C.).

This website serves as a place where you can find out more about me and my academic background, but also as a venue for me to talk about developments in Indigenous geography more broadly. Welcome again! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.