- GIS | Health & Hazards Lab
- City and Community Studies Initiative
- Center for Ecology and Natural Resource Sustainability
Sarah L. Smiley
My research interests lie at the intersections of urban, historical, and cultural geography. I use multiple qualitative methods including surveys, interviews, participant observation, mental mapping, and archival research. I am specifically interested in the ways that colonial legacies of segregation, housing and development policy, and amenity provision affect everyday life in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. My recent fieldwork focused on access to water and sanitation in some of the city’s oldest African neighborhoods. The research demonstrates that access must not only focus on proximity to water but also the cost, reliability, and quality of water. I am based at the Salem Campus where I teach a variety of Kent Core and Diversity Courses, and I also teach graduate courses on the Kent Campus.
Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities
Smiley, S. Forthcoming October 2013. Researching Housing, Water, and Sanitation in the British and Tanzania National Archives. History in Africa Volume 40.
Smiley, S. 2013. Complexities of Water Access in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Applied Geography 41, 132-138.
Smiley, S. 2013. Mental Maps, Segregation, and Everyday Life in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Journal of Cultural Geography Volume 30 Issue 2.
Smiley, S. 2013. Observations on Aging and Eldercare in Japan. Journal of Aging in Emerging Economies 4, 1: 35-59.
Smiley, S. 2012. Population Censuses and Changes in Housing Quality in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. African Geographical Review 31, 1: 1-16.
Smiley, S. 2010. Expatriate Everyday Life in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania: Colonial Origins and Contemporary Legacies. Social and Cultural Geography 11, 4: 327–342.
Smiley, S. 2010. Exclusionary Space in Dar es Salaam: Fear and Difference in Expatriate Communities. Africa Today 56, 3: 24–40.
Smiley, S. and F. Koti. 2010. Introduction to Special Issue: Africa's Spaces of Exclusion. Africa Today 56, 3: v–ix.
Smiley, S. 2009. The City of Three Colors: Segregation in Colonial Dar es Salaam, 1891-1961. Historical Geography 37: 178-196.
Smiley, S. 2009. Teaching Africa's Cities through Meja Mwangi's Novels. Journal of Geography 108, 4: 219-225.
Smiley, S. 2009. Fear in Dar es Salaam. Agora 4: 27-30. (Published in Dutch as Angst in Dar es Salaam).
Smiley, S. 2006. Historical Geography Research at the Tanzania National Archives. African Geographical Review 25: 107-116.
- Urban Geography
- Cultural Geography
- Historical Geography
- Sub-Saharan Africa
Association of American GeographersAfrica Specialty Group (AAG)
Cultural Geography Specialty Group (AAG)
Historical Geography Specialty Group (AAG)