Board of Trustees member

Deondre Smiles, Ph.D.

Tribal Affiliation:  Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe

Biography: Dr. Deondre Smiles is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Victoria (B.C., Canada). Dr. Smiles is an Indigenous geographer whose research interests are multifaceted, including Indigenous geographies/epistemologies, science and technology studies, and tribal cultural resource preservation/protection. Deondre Smiles is a citizen of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe and is of the Bullhead clan.

Degrees:  President’s Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of History, Ohio State University, 2021. Ph.D., Geography, Ohio State University, 2020. Master’s degree, Global Indigenous Studies, University of Minnesota-Duluth, 2016. B.A., Geography,  Saint Cloud State University, 2013.