Jennifer Smith

Jennifer R. Smith

Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences
Professor of Earth and Planetary Science​s
PhD, University of Pennsylvania
research interests:
  • Quaternary Geology
  • Geoarchaeology
  • Paleoenvironmental Reconstruction
    View All People

    contact info:

    mailing address:

    • Washington University
    • CB 1117
    • One Brookings Drive
    • St. Louis, MO 63130-4899
    image of book cover

    ​Jennifer R. Smith is responsible for the university’s liberal arts curriculum as well as every phase of student life, from admission through graduation and onward to postgraduate success. She is passionate about the value of a liberal arts education and seeks to create challenging, enriching educational experiences for undergraduates across all areas of study. 

    Hear Dean Smith discussing the value of the "&" in Arts & Sciences: 



    In her own research, Smith is interested in understanding the interaction between humans and their environment as recorded in the archaeological record. This involves examining both how natural climatic and environmental changes affected the resources available to people through time, and also how changes in population and technology have affected the amount and nature of human impact on the natural environment. Most of her work uses tools from sedimentology, geomorphology and geochemistry to reconstruct the landscapes and environments occupied by prehistoric people.