Dina Smith

Associate Professor of English
Office Location: 328 Howard Hall

I tend to write and teach from a place of curiosity, with intellectual interests varying from architecture to film, and 1950s Tupperware to 1930s postcards. Undoubtedly, these interests and pedagogical practices emerge in part from my eclectic education: a B.A. in Philosophy and English at Vanderbilt University and an M.A. in American Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park. All of which led to the University of Florida with a Ph.D. in English specializing in Film Studies and Cultural Theory. Along the way, I was Postdoctoral Scholar of Film Studies and Associate Director of the Writing Program at the University of Kentucky, the latter made me forever anxious about becoming an administrator again, namely because of the cost of dry cleaning.

I am currently working on a book manuscript that explores the image of the trailer/mobile home in American culture in relation to discourses of modernity and U.S. economic shifts (in terms of poverty, housing, and mobility narratives). I am also currently collaborating with a colleague at the U of Texas-Austin on a project that re-evaluates the historical film noir canon, specifically examining the politically marginalized, "B side" of postwar noir. Additionally, I have published in the fields of art/architecture, cold war culture, film studies, southern literature/culture, Utopian studies, and women's studies.  

ArtSci News
October 20, 2016
The Comparison Project will present the third event in its 2016–2017 series on death and dying. A community interfaith dialogue on Oct. 27 will feature representatives of three different refugee religions in Des Moines.