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Lindsay Smith

Lindsay Smith

Assistant Professor, School for the Future of Innovation in Society, College of Global Futures

School for the Future of Innovation in Society
Arizona State University
PO Box 875603
Tempe, AZ 85287-5603


  • Senior Global Futures Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory
  • Assistant Professor, School for the Future of Innovation in Society, College of Global Futures


Lindsay Smith is an assistant professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society. She studies the role of new technological innovations in post-conflict settings and has worked with families, scientists, and activist groups in Argentina, Guatemala, and Peru to document how citizens and scientists have drawn on DNA as a tool for justice after genocide. In her current work, Dr. Smith focuses on migration from Central America to the United States to help document the violence and disappearance that migrants suffer in Mexico and the US-borderlands. At the core of her writing, research and teaching lies the question of how and when new technologies can be used to address human suffering caused by violence and dispossession. The recipient of fellowships from the Mellon Foundation, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, and Northwestern University, as well as grants from the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health, she has published articles in key journals in the social studies of science and is currently completing her book, “Subversive Genes: Making DNA and Human Rights in Argentina".


  • PhD, Anthropology, Harvard University, 2008
  • MA, Medical Anthropology, Harvard University, 2004
  • BA, Anthropology, Psychology, Rice University, 2002

Journal Articles


Smith, L. A. 2017. The missing, the martyred and the disappeared: Global networks, technical intensification and the end of human rights genetics. Social Studies of Science 47(3):398-416. DOI: 10.1177/0306312716678489 Article information . (link )

Smith, L. A. and V. Garcia-Deister. 2017. Capturing Los Migrantes Desaparecidos: Crisis, unknowability, and the making of the missing. Perspectives on Science 25(5):680-697. DOI: 10.1162/POSC_a_00259. (link )


Smith, L. A. 2016. Identifying democracy: Citizenship, DNA, and identity in postdictatorship Argentina. Science, Technology, & Human Values 41(6):1037-1062. DOI: 10.1177/0162243916658708. (link )


Smith, L. 2013. "Genetics is a Study in Faith": Forensic DNA, kinship analysis, and the ethics of care in post-conflict Latin America. The Scholar & Feminist Online 11(3):. (link )

Book Chapters


Garcia-Deister, V. and L. Smith. 2016. Ensamblajes de la ciencia forense en América Latina. In: Mateos, G. and E. Suarez-Diaz eds., Lo local y lo global: Latinoamérica en la historia de la ciencia contemporánea. Colección Eslabones en la Ciencia, Centro de Estudios Filosóficos, Políticos y Sociales Vicente Lombardo. ISBN: Toledano, México.


Smith, L. A. and A. Kleinman. 2010. Emotional engagements: Acknowledgement, advocacy, and direct action. Pp. 171-190 In: Davies, J. and D. Spencer eds., Emotions in the Field: The Psychology and Anthropology of Fieldwork Experience. Stanford University Press. Stanford, CA. ISBN: 978-0804769402.