Liberal Arts and International Studies
Jessica Smith is Co-Director of Humanitarian Engineering and Assistant Professor of Liberal Arts and International Studies at the Colorado School of Mines. She holds a PhD in Anthropology and a certificate in Women’s Studies from the University of Michigan and bachelor's degrees in International Studies, Anthropology and Latin American Studies from Macalester College. Her research interests focus around the mining and energy industries, with particular emphasis in corporate social responsibility, engineers, labor and gender. She is the author of Mining Coal and Undermining Gender: Rhythms of Work and Family in the American West, which was funded by a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities and a research grant from the National Science Foundation. She is currently investigating the intersections between engineering and CSR as PI on the NSF grant "The Ethics of Extraction: Integrating Corporate Social Responsibility into Engineering Education." In 2016 the National Academy of Engineering recognized her Corporate Social Responsibility course as a national exemplar in teaching engineering ethics. Her research appears in journals including American Anthropologist, Social Studies of Science, and Science, Technology & Human Values. Her research in engineering education also includes low-income and first-generation engineering students, funded by the NSF grant “Invisible Innovators: How the knowledge and experiences of low-income and first-generation students (LIFGs) can contribute to US engineering problem definition and solving.” She co-organized the 2016 Energy Ethics: Fragile Lives and Imagined Futures conference at the University of St. Andrews.