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Sarah E.K. Smith

Sarah E.K. Smith is an assistant professor of communication and media studies at Carleton University. Her research focuses on contemporary art and cultural institutions. Smith’s current project explores the relationship between Canadian curators and museums and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).


Smith is affiliated faculty in the Bachelor of Global and International Studies at Carleton University. She is also affiliated faculty at Queen’s University, where she works with graduate students in the cultural studies program. Before starting at Carleton University, Smith held a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Alberta (2016) and a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Postdoctoral Fellowship at Harvard University (2014–16). In 2015 Smith was the Canada-U.S. Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Public Diplomacy at the University of Southern California. Smith received her PhD in art history from Queen’s University and in 2014 was awarded the Governor General’s Academic Gold Medal. She has worked as an independent curator and held the position of curator of contemporary art at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre in Kingston, Ontario. Major exhibition projects to date include I’m Not Myself At All: Deirdre Logue and Allyson Mitchell (2015) and Sorting Daemons: Art, Surveillance Regimes and Social Control, co-curated with Jan Allen (2010–11).

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