Linda Tuhiwai Smith

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Smith in 2013

Linda Tuhiwai Te Rina Smith CNZM (née Mead)[1] is a professor of indigenous education at the University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand.[2][3][4] The daughter of Hirini Moko Mead,[5] she affiliates to the Ngāti Awa and Ngāti Porou iwi.[6]


Smith earned her BA, MA (hons), and PhD degrees at the University of Auckland


Smith is the author of Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples (Zed Books, 1999 and 2012), a critical analysis of the role of Western scholarly research played in the process of colonization of indigenous cultures. This work is considered a major contribution to research methods in social justice research.[7][8][9]

Personal life[edit]

In the 2013 New Year Honours, Smith was appointed a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to Māori and education.[10]

She is married to fellow academic Graham Smith.[4]



  • Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples (2nd ed.). London: Zed Books. 2012. ISBN 9781848139503.

Edited books


  • Smith, Linda Tuhiwai (2005). "Building a Research Agenda for Indigenous Epistemologies and Education". Anthropology & Education Quarterly. 36 (1): 93–95. doi:10.1525/aeq.2005.36.1.093. JSTOR 3651312.


  1. ^ "CEO recognised in Queen's Birthday honours". Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi. 3 June 2014. Retrieved 19 July 2014.
  2. ^ Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith Archived 2012-05-29 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Waikato Women Professors: Professor Linda Smith
  4. ^ a b Eminent Education Leader Appointed to Top Post at Waikato University, 9 March 2007
  5. ^ "Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith made CNZM". Te Karere. 30 December 2012. Retrieved 19 July 2014.
  6. ^ "Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith". Ngā Pae o Te Māramatanga. Retrieved 19 July 2014.
  7. ^ Review: Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples by Tuhiwai Smith, by Christine Malsbary
  8. ^ Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples (review), by John Ortley
  9. ^ Methodologies of risky scholarship, by Susan Hawthorne
  10. ^ "New Year honours list 2013". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 31 December 2012. Retrieved 9 January 2018.