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  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Composition
  • Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow


  • PhD, Indiana University, 2016
  • MA, University of Arkansas, 2008
  • BA, University of Arkansas, 2006


Cortney Smith is a cultural critic who examines issues of hegemony and marginalized discourse in public address, social movements, and popular culture. Her courses are devoted to understanding the role of public speaking in cultivating citizenship.

Currently, she is working on a project that interrogates the possibility of Native American art (films, novels, even graphic T-shirts) to not only critique deeply held myths about Native cultures and identities, but also to complicate those myths’ existing narratives by presenting alternative perspectives.

She is a fan of PBS and especially enjoys watching the Great British Bake Off.