Smith has extensive experience in museums and historic sites. From this experience, Smith has worked with local museums, guided graduate students, and published her thoughts on interactivity in museums.
Industrial history has long been a topic of interest for Smith. She has particular expertise in bridges, 19th century machinery, and railroad bumping posts. Smith has contributed to the Journal of the Society for Industrial Archaeology and will gladly talk your ear off about this.
Cemeteries and gravestones are another particular interest. While Smith is not actively researching this topic, she is considering developing a new course. Students are welcome to nag her about it.