Keri E. Iyall Smith, PhD

Associate Professor
Department of Sociology

Phone: 617-619-4962
Fax: 617-994-4278
Email: kiyallsmith@suffolk.edu
Office: 73 Tremont St., Rm. 578

 

Education

  • PhD, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • MA, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • BA, University of Washington

Office Hours Spring 2013

Monday and Wednesday 12:00-1:00 and Friday, 9:30-10:30

Research Interests

I am interested in the intersections between human rights doctrine, the state, and indigenous peoples. Following my dissertation research, I continue to explore the question: what are opportunities for indigenous groups to attain greater rights? I am currently studying the experience of indigenous peoples at the United Nations. The recently ratified Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples will revolutionize human rights protections for indigenous peoples, while the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues enables the participation of non-state bodies within the UN. I hope to also examine the participation of indigenous peoples at the World Social Forum.

Employment

I previously worked as Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminology at Stonehill College.

Selected Publications

David L. Brunsma, Keri E. Iyall Smith, and Brian K. Gran, editors. 2013 The Handbook of Sociology and Human Rights. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers.

Keri E. Iyall Smith, editor. 2012 Sociology of Globalization: Cultures, Economies, and Politics. Boulder, CO: Westview Press.

Keri E. Iyall Smith. 2011 “‘Breathing Life’ Into the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.” Societies Without Borders, VI:1. (Peer Reviewed).

Keri E. Iyall Smith. 2009 “Teaching and Learning Guide for: A Review of the Study of the Political Status of Indigenous Peoples in the Global Context.” Sociology Compass, Volume 3.

Keri E. Iyall Smith. 2008. “Chapter Eleven: Rights of Indigenous Peoples.” In The Leading Rogue State edited by Judith Blau, David Brunsma, Alberto Moncada, and Cathy Zimmer. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers.

Keri E. Iyall Smith. 2008. “Comparing State and International Protections of Indigenous Peoples’ Human Rights.” American Behavioral Scientist. Special Issue on Indigenous Peoples, edited by James V. Fenelon. Invited Article.

Keri E. Iyall Smith and Patricia Leavy, editors. Hybrid Identities: Theoretical and Empirical Examinations. Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill Publishers.

Stephanie Teixeira and Keri E. Iyall Smith. “Core and Periphery Relations: A Study of the Maya.” Journal of World Systems Research, XIV:1.

Keri E. Iyall Smith. “A Review of the Study of the Political Status of Indigenous Peoples in the Global Context.” Sociology Compass, Volume 1.

Keri E. Iyall Smith. 2007. “New Agoras and Old Institutions: The Case of Human Rights.” Systemic Practice and Action Research. Special Issue entitled “Understanding the Complexity of Democratic Civil Society.” Invited Article.

Keri E. Iyall Smith. 2006. The State and Indigenous Movements. New York: Routledge.
Judith R. Blau and Keri E. Iyall Smith, editors. 2006. Public Sociologies Reader. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.

Recent Oral Presentations

Keri E. Iyall Smith. “How do Native Americans Fit in Sociology? Uncovering Intellectual Holes.” August 2012. American Sociological Association Annual Meeting. Denver, CO.

David L. Brunsma, Keri E. Iyall Smith, and Brian K. Gran. “Sociology and Human Rights: Resituating the Discipline.” August, 2012. American Sociological Association Annual Meeting. Denver, CO.

Keri E. Iyall Smith. “Section on Human Rights Invited Author Meets Critics Session." August 2012. The Handbook of Sociology and Human Rights (Paradigm Publishers, 2012), Edited by David L. Brunsma, Keri E. Iyall Smith, and Brian K. Gran. American Sociological Association Annual Meeting. Denver, CO.

Keri E. Iyall Smith. “Fitting Teaching and Research Together in A Sociology of Globalization.” March, 2012. Spring 2012 Sociological Research Colloquium, Sociology Department, Suffolk University.

Keri E. Iyall Smith. “From Declaration to Action’: Indigenous Peoples and the UN.” May, 2011. Research, Action, and Pedagogy Conference. Cal Poly Pomona Psychology and Sociology Department.

Keri E. Iyall Smith. “Opportunities for Publication Online.” August, 2011. American Sociological Association Annual Meeting. Las Vegas, NV.

Keri E. Iyall Smith. “Equality Without Co-Optation: Indigenous Peoples Mediate to Promote Self-Determination at the UN.” August, 2010. American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA.

David L. Brunsma and Keri E. Iyall Smith. “Against Human Rights? Nativism, Citizenship and the State.” August, 2010. Invited Paper, Thematic Session. American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA.

Keri E. Iyall Smith. “Breathing Life” into the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.” August, 2009. Invited Paper, Thematic Session. American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

Keri E. Iyall Smith. “On Plurinationalism: In Bolivia, Ecuador, France, and Venezuela.” August, 2009. American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

Keri E. Iyall Smith. “Sociologists Without Borders—A Global and Local Society.” March, 2009. Lecture for the St. Anselm Sociology Club and Global Society class. Manchester, NH.

Keri E. Iyall Smith. “Sociologists Without Borders.” March, 2009. Lecture to a group forming the organization Criminologists Without Borders, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Meeting, Boston, MA.

Keri E. Iyall Smith. "Towards Parity in Decision-Making in Indigenous Communities.” March, 2009. At a Side Event sponsored by the International Sociological Association: Equal Participation of Men and Women in Decision-Making Processes at All Levels. Commission on the Status of Women. United Nations. New York, NY.

Keri E. Iyall Smith. "Human Rights Cities: Boston." August 2008. American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Boston, MA.

Keri E. Iyall Smith. "New Horizons for Indigenous Human Rights" August 2008. American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Boston, MA.

Keri E. Iyall Smith. “A Definition of Human Rights: Part Utopian, Part Realistic.” August 2007. American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, New York, NY.

Keri E. Iyall Smith. “Indigenous Movements Mediating to Promote Human Rights.” August 2007. Society for the Study of Social Problems Annual Meeting, New York, NY.

Keri E. Iyall Smith. “They Speak of Justice, Listen to Their Voices: On Indigenous Conceptions of Justice.” April 2007. Southern Sociological Society Annual Meeting. Atlanta, GA.

Keri E. Iyall Smith. “Indigenous Nationalism, Human Rights, and the State: Local and Global Level Strategies.” July 2006. International Sociological Association XVIth World Congress of Sociology, Durban, South Africa.

Keri E. Iyall Smith and Stephanie Teixeira. “Land Matters: A case study of the Maya-Mexico Relations.” March 2006. Southern Sociological Society Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

Professional Activities

  • Chairperson, American Sociological Association Section on Human Rights, 2012-2013
  • Editorial Board Member, Sociology Compass, Blackwell Publishing, 2006-present
  • Book Review Editor, Societies Without Borders, Brill Publishers, 2005-present
  • Vice-President, Sociologists Without Borders, 2006-2011
  • Acting Chairperson, Thematic Group on Human Rights, International Sociological Association, 2006-2011
  • Co-coordinator, American Sociological Association Section on Human Rights (a section-in-formation), 2007-2008
  • Board Member, Sociologists Without Borders International Council, an International Non-Governing Organization, 2007-present
  • Organizing committee member, “Boston Human Rights: Ideas and Action” a conference planned by Boston area activists and academics and Sociologists without Borders, 2007-2008

Courses Taught

Introduction to Sociology
Sociological Theory
Sociology of Globalization