Marya Rozanova-Smith

Professorial Lecturer

Part-time Faculty


Dr. Marya Rozanova-Smith is a professorial lecturer in the Elliott School of International Affairs and a research professor at the Department of Geography at the George Washington University. In addition to her work in academia, she participated in a wide range of social projects. She was the founder and chairperson of the Center for Civil, Social, Scientific, and Cultural Initiatives “STRATEGIA” and served as a Galina Starovoitova Fellow for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution at the Kennan Institute, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Dr. Rozanova-Smith has been teaching the Arctic Affairs course at GWU in the Elliott School of International Affairs since 2018.

Her current research interests include Arctic governance, urban sustainability, gender empowerment, and the gendered impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Arctic.   

Dr. Rozanova-Smith is a Principal Investigator of the projects “Understanding the Gendered Impacts of COVID-19 in the Arctic (COVID-GEA)” and “Understanding Gender Equality and Empowerment in the Arctic” supported by NSF.

Arctic governance, Russian Arctic regions, Indigenous urbanization, gender empowerment in the Arctic.

IAFF 3190.12 – Arctic Affairs

  • Rozanova-Smith, M. 2021. Stay or Leave? Arctic Youth Prospects and Sustainable Futures of the Russian Arctic Communities. Sustainability 13(21): 12058.  
  • Petrov, A.N., M. Rozanova-Smith, A.K. Krivorotov, E.M. Klyuchnikova, V.L. Mikheev, A.N. Pelyasov,  and N.Y. Zamyatina. 2021. The Russian Arctic by 2050: developing integrated scenarios. Arctic 74 (3): 306–322.
  • Rozanova-Smith, M., A. Petrov, and V. Korkina Williams. 2021. Empowerment and Fate Control. In Gender Equality in the Arctic. Edited by Oddsdóttir, E., and H.O. Ágústsson. Icelandic Ministry for Foreign Affairs, p. 224–267.
  • Oddsdóttir, E.E., H.Ó. Ágústsson, E. Svensson, G. Hoogensen Gjørv, S. S. Kendall, M. Smieszek, T. Prior, E. Hayfield, K. J. Williamson, M. Rozanova-Smith, A. Petrov, and V. K. Williams. 2021. Gender Equality for a Thriving, Sustainable Arctic. Sustainability 13(19): 10825.
  • Hayfield, E.A., M. Aure, S. Barillé, C.R. Farrell, F. Gaini, S. Gerrard, A. Gotfredsen, I. Gram-Hanssen, L. Hamilton, L.W. Hoffmann, M. Rozanova-Smith. 2021. Migration and Mobility. In Gender Equality in the Arctic. Edited by Oddsdóttir, E., and H.O. Ágústsson. Icelandic Ministry for Foreign Affairs: Reykjavik, Iceland, 2021; pp. 144–191,
  • Rozanova, M., and V. Mikheev. 2020. Rethinking Women’s Empowerment: Insights from the Russian Arctic. Social Sciences 9(2):14.
  • Rozanova, M. 2019. Indigenous Urbanization in Russia’s Arctic: The Case of Nenets Autonomous Region. Sibirica 18(3): 54–91. doi: 10.3167/sib.2019.180304.

Ph.D. (St. Petersburg State University, 2004)