BA (Hons)(Sydney), PhD (Sydney), GradDip (HigherEd)(UNSW)
History, Heritage And Archaeology

Professor Laurajane Smith is Director of the Centre of Heritage and Museum Studies, the Australian National University. Professor Smith specializes in heritage studies, and is interested in the theorization of heritage as a cultural practice and the intersection between heritage theory and practice and cultural policy. She has a long-term research interest in the role of heritage, museums and heritage discourses in political movements, including labour movements, Indigenous political movements and issues associated with multiculturalism and the politics of recognition/difference. She is editor of the International Journal of Heritage Studies. Professor Smith is currently working on a project that looks at the memory and identity work of visitors to heritage sites, the project draws on extensive interviews with visitors to museums and heritage sites in Australia, England and the United States.

Her past work includes Uses of Heritage (2006), Archaeological Theory and the Politics of Cultural Heritage (2004), and she co-authored Heritage, Communities and Archaeology. Her edited books include Heritage, Labour and the Working Classes, (2011, with Paul A. Shackel and Gary Campbell), Representing Enslavement and Abolition in Museums (2011, with G. Cubitt, R. Wilson and K. Fouseki) and Intangible Heritage (2009, with Natsuko Akagawa).

Fellow, Society of Antiquaries of London

2010-14 Australian Research Council Future Fellow

2007-9 AHRC Knowledge Transfer Fellow, UK

Rockefeller Fellowship in Theorizing Cultural Heritage, Smithsonian Centre for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. 2006.


Smith, L. 2006 Uses of Heritage, London, Routledge.

Smith, L. 2012 A Pilgrimage of Masculinity: The Stockman’s Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre, Australian Historical Studies, 43(3):472-482.

Smith, L. 2015 Theorising museum and heritage visiting. In A. Witcomb and K. Message (eds) The International Handbooks of Museum Studies: Museum Theory, Chichester, Wiley-Blackwell.

Smith, L. and G. Campbell 2016 The elephant in the room: heritage, affect and emotion. In W. Logan, M Nic Craith, U. Kockel (eds) A Companion to Heritage Studies. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.

Smith, L. 2017 (in press) Explorations in banality: prison tourism at the Old Melbourne Gaol. In J.Z. Wilson, S. Hodgkinson, J. Piche and K. Walby (eds), The Palgrave Handbook of Prison Tourism, London: Palgrave Macmillan.