College / Department

Teaching areas

Documentary and Fiction film theory, Documentary and Media production and Video Editing, Women and Film

Research areas

Includes documentary theory and production, film theory, with a focus on trauma caused through genocide and violence. An additional focus for research is the examination ofcultural change among women, indigenous cultures and migrants worldwide.


MA, Master of Visual Anthropology (Terminal Degree), University of Southern California, United States
BA, Anthropology and Communication, University of Tulsa, United States

Professional experience

Ethnographic Video Researcher and Consultant at IPSOS (2019 - Present)
Associate Professor at American University in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates(2005 - Present)
Independent Documentary Director, Producer, Videographer and Editor of Korima Productions by Susan Smith(1994 - Present)
Fellow at Salzburg Academy, Austria(2007 - 2007)
Instructor at University of Tulsa, United States(1994 - 2005)
Master Artist at Summer Arts2 for High School students, United States(1998 - 2003)
Master Artist at Walt Whitman elementary school children, United States(2001 - 2002)
News Reporter/Camera at OETA/Oklahoma Educational Television KOED, United States(1997 - 1998)


American Society of Visual Anthropology (SVA), American Society of Anthropology
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