Dr. Malinda S. Smith
Vice-Provost (Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) and political science professor, University of Calgary
Dr. Malinda S. Smith, PhD, serves on the Statistics Canada Working Group on Black communities in Canada, the Statistics Canada Committee on Immigration and Ethnocultural Statistics, and the Inter-Institutional Advisory Committee for National Dialogues and Action for Inclusive Higher Education and Communities. She is a former vice-president of Equity Issues for the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, and currently serves as chair of its Advisory Committee on Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Decolonization.
Smith has published widely in areas of international and comparative politics, as well as equity, diversity and human rights. She is a co-author of The Equity Myth: Racialization and Indigeneity at Canadian Universities (UBC Press, 2017), and a co-editor of the forthcoming book, Nuances of Blackness in the Canadian Academy (University of Toronto Press, 2021). She is also editor of Securing Africa: Post-9/11 Discourses on Terrorism (2010), Beyond the ‘African Tragedy’: Discourses on Development and the Global Economy (2006), and Globalizing Africa (2003); and co-editor of the sixth edition of Critical Concepts: An Introduction to Politics, currently under revision with OUP, and States of Race: Critical Race Feminism for the 21st Century (2010).
Smith is a 2018 Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Fellow. She’s won numerous awards and honours, including the 2021 Compelling Calgarians, the 2020 Susan S. Northcutt Award from the International Studies Association, and the 2020 Rosalind Smith Professional Award from the National Black Coalition of Canada-Edmonton. Other awards include being named to the 100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women (100ABCWomen) list for 2020; the 2018-2019 Distinguished Scholar Award from the International Studies Association-Canada; 2018-20 Provost Fellow EDI Policy at the University of Alberta; 2016 HSBC Community Contributor of the Year; 2015 Equity Award from the Canadian Association of University Teachers; and 2011 Academic Woman of the Year from the University of Alberta Academic Women’s Association.