Claire Smith

Professor of Archaeology, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia

Claire Smith is a professor of archaeology in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at Flinders University in Adelaide, South Australia. She is a University Medalist and former Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellow with the American University and the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History. She has been a visiting scholar at Cape Town University, the University of Denver, Lock Haven University and Kyushu University. As the twice-elected President of the World Archaeological Congress (2003-2014) Claire Smith has built global research capacity through establishing new programs, supporting the establishment of a refereed journal, 'Archaeologies', and initiating new international book series. While she conducts occasional fieldwork with Indigenous groups in Asia and North America, her primary research is with Indigenous Australia. In 2018, the Royal Anthropological Institute awarded her the Lucy Mair Medal and Marsh Award, for sustained research with Australian Aboriginal communities that has contributed to human dignity. Claire has raised over $4 million in funding for humanities research projects, including two Fulbright grants and seven Australian Research Council grants. Her areas of specialist expertise include culturally informed sustainable development in Indigenous communities.


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