Russell M. Smith
Dr. Russell M. Smith is a Professor of Geography in the Department of History, Politics & Social Justice and the Faculty Lead for the Spatial Justice Studio at the Center for Design Innovation (SJS @ CDI). He received his doctoral degree in Geography from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His research interests include a variety of topics related to spatial justice including: local government boundary change, urban form and the built environment and urban sustainability. Recently, Dr. Smith has been selected as a Fulbright Specialist for his expertise and experience in urban planning.
Dr. Smith is the author of numerous research publications (20), contracted reports, and presentations. In 2018, Dr. Smith published a book titled, Municipal Incorporation Activity in the United States: Patterns, People and Procedures, which highlighted his decade long investigation into new municipalities in the united States. He is also the 2017-2018 recipient of the Cedric S. Rodney Distinguished Service Award and the 2018-2019 Bill Sheppard Master Teacher Award. Prior to joining Winston-Salem State University, Dr. Smith was an AICP certified urban planner for a variety of local governments where he specialized in land use planning and urban redevelopment.
Dr. Smith has made a concerted effort and had been committed to supporting a variety of projects, programs and initiatives aimed at addressing spatial justice issues on campus and in our community through his service work. He has served as the Chair for the Alliance for Sustainable Communities within the Department of History, Politics and Social Justice, had classes participate in the development of a strategic plan for the Waughtown neighborhood and currently serves as the Vice President of the S.G. Atkins Community Development Corporation. Dr. Smith also has served his academic profession by regularly attending academic conferences and serving as the Vice President of the North Carolina Geographical Society (NCGS).
- Doctor of Philosophy, Geography: Urban and Regional Economic Development and Planning, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, N.C.
- Master of Public Affairs, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, N.C.
- Bachelor of Arts, Political Science and History, 1996, Elon University, Elon, N.C. Cum Laude, Rhodes Scholar Nominee
Research and Project Interests
- Spatial (In)Justice
- Local Government Boundary Change
- Urban Form and Urban Sustainability
- Community Based Participatory Research, Community Engagement, Service Learning
"Location will always have attached to it some degree of relative advantage or disadvantage" (Soja, 2010).
2018 Smith, R.M. Municipal Incorporation Activity in the United States: Patterns, People and Procedures. The Urban Book Series. Springer International Publishing.
Referred Journal Articles (20)
2019 Waldner, L, K. Stilwell, and R.M. Smith, “Wither or Thrive: Post-Hoc Municipal Incorporation Outcomes in New Cities of Color". Journal of Urban Affairs. DOI: 10.1080/07352166.2018.1555438.
2018 Smith, R.M., P. Pathak and G. Agrawal, “India’s ‘Smart’ Cities Mission: A Preliminary Examination into India’s Newest Urban Development Policy”. Journal of Urban Affairs. DOI: 10.1080/07352166.2018.1468221.
2018 Richardson, C., R.M. Smith and J. Sloop, “The Road Not Built: The Impact of Planned Transportation Corridors on Residential Housing Values”. Political Economy in the Carolinas, 1:1, 20-43.
2018 Smith, R.M. and L. Waldner, “Why Majority-Minority Cities Form in the United States, 1990 - 2010”. Urban Geography, 39:1, 149-166.
2016 Smith, R.M., Walder, L. and Richardson, C. “New Cities of Color: Socioeconomic Differentiation Between Majority-Minority New Cities and White New Cities”, State and Local Government Review, 48:3, 155-164.
2016 Smith, R.M. and Bereitschaft, B. “Sustainable Urban Development? Exploring the Locational Attributes of LEED-ND Projects in the United States through a GIS Analysis of Light Intensity and Land Use”, Sustainability, 8:6, 547-566.
2016 Smith, R.M. and Afonso, W. “Fiscal Impact of Annexation Methodology on Municipal Fiscal Health in North Carolina: 1990 – 2010”. Growth and Change, 47:3, 664-681.
2015 Smith, R.M. “’Green’ Building in India: A Comparative and Spatial Analysis of the LEED-India and GRIHA Rating Systems”. Asian Geographer, 32:2, 73-84.
2015 Waldner, L. and Smith, R.M. “The Great Defection: How New City Clusters Form to Escape County Governance”. Public Administration Quarterly, 39:2, 171-219.
2015 Smith, R.M. “Examining the Geography of Newly Incorporated Municipalities (NIMs) in Micropolitan North Carolina, 1990 – 2010”. Southeastern Geographer, 54:4, 384-405.
2014 Smith, R.M. “Planning for Urban Sustainability: The Geography of LEED-Neighborhood Development (LEED®-NDTM) Projects in the United States”. International Journal of Urban Sustainable Development, 7:1, 15-32.
2014 Rice, K., Waldner, L. and Smith, R.M. “Why New Cities Form: An Examination into Municipal Incorporation in the United States, 1950 – 2010”. Journal of Planning Literature, 29:2, 140-154.
2013 Waldner, L., Rice, K. and Smith, R.M. "Temporal and Spatial Dimensions of Newly Incorporated Municipalities". Geographical Review, 103:1, 59-79.
2012 Smith, R.M. and Willse, J.T. "An Intra State Analysis of Annexation Activity in North Carolina by Method of Annexation". State and Local Government Review, 44:3, 185-195.
2012 Smith, R.M. “An Examination of Municipal Annexation Methods in North Carolina, 1990 - 2009”. Southeastern Geography, 52:2, 164-182.
2012 Smith, R.M and Fennell, A. “Local Government Boundary Change in Brunswick County, North Carolina: 1990 – 2010”. The North Carolina Geographer, 19, 4-19.
2011 Smith, R.M. “City Limits?: The Impact of Annexation Activity on Municipal Incorporation in North Carolina: 1990 – 2008”. Southeastern Geography, 51:3, 422-442.
2011 Smith, R.M. and Debbage, K. "Spatial Distribution of Newly Incorporated Municipalities (NIMs) and Related Socio-Economic Characteristics: A National Comparison to Cohort Cities". Urban Geography, 32:4, 568-588.
2008 Smith, R.M. “Municipal Incorporation Activity and the Clustering of New Municipalities in North Carolina: 1990 – 2008”, The North Carolina Geographer. 16, 24-35.
2006 Smith, R.M. and Debbage, K. “Where are the Geographers? Newly Incorporated Municipalities (NIMs) in the South”. The Geographical Bulletin, 48:2, 109-121.
Book Chapters (3)
2018 Smith. R.M. and P. Pathak, “Urban Sustainability in India: Green Buildings, ARMUT Yojana and Smart Cities”. In Grant, B., Liu, C.Y. and Ye, L. (Eds.) Metropolitan Governance in Asia and the Pacific Rim: Global Trajectories, Dynamics and Challenges. Springer Press.
2017 Smith, R.M. “Exploring Sustainable Urban Development Practices: The Use of Urban Extensions in England.” In Maddison Wolfe (Editor) Urban Planning and Renewal. Nova Publishers.
2014 Smith, R.M., Ge, Y., Hartmann, R., Dong, X. and Chang, Y. "Chapter 7: Megaregions of China and the U.S.". In Hartmann, R. and Xinyue Ye (Eds.) A Comparative Geography of China and the U.S. Springer Press.
- GEO 2311: World Regional Geography
- GEO 2312: Geography of North America
- GEO 2313: Environmental Justice & Sustainability
- GEO 3311: Urban Geography
- GEO 3336: World Economic Geography
- GEO 4342 / JUS 4342: GIS Concepts & Techniques
- IDS 2301: Introduction to Urban Studies & Sustainability
Articles Under Review
- Smith, R.M. and R. Moye, Environmental Outcomes of Municipal Incorporation: Cities of Color and the Search for Environmental Justice?
Articles in Preparation
- Does Urban Form Influence Economic Mobility: A Case Study of Forsyth County, NC
- Spatial (In)justice and Local Government Boundary Change