Contact & Location


Program in International Studies
Physical Address:
Admin. Bldg. #338
PHONE: (208) 885-6527
FAX: (208) 885-9464
EMAIL: is@uidaho.edu

Mailing Address:
Program in International Studies
c/o University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3177
Moscow, ID 83844-3177


Bill Smith

Bill Smith, Ph.D.

Office: Administration Building 338
Phone: (208) 885-2815
Email: bills@uidaho.edu
Mailing Address: Martin Institute - University of Idaho
P.O. Box 443177
Moscow, Idaho 83844-3177

College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences
Martin Institute and Program in International Studies
Director Martin Institute and Program in International Studies

Graduation Date: 2000 Home Town: Pullman, Washington
Campus Locations: Moscow
With UI Since 1999

  • Research/Focus Areas
    • The United Nations System, Soccer and Politics, Multilateral Policy Formulation, Latin American History
  • Biography

    Dr. Bill L. Smith, Director of the Martin Institute and Program in International Studies, claims to have the best job on the UI campus. A historian by training, he finds the combination of fields of study embodied in the International Studies degree fits his interests perfectly, prompting him to embrace the interdisciplinary program wholeheartedly. He says that one of the great things about working with the Institute and School (as well as the affiliated Borah Foundation) is the chance to study new topics every year, which is a rare treat for an academic. He points to the uncommonly engaged and consistently excellent students affiliated with the Martin Institute as one of the true joys in life.

    Hired by the Institute in 2000, Dr. Smith lives in Pullman with his wife, Kaari, and daughters Bailey and Kasey. He has lived in Mexico, Portugal, and Spain in addition to his native California. In his spare time he enjoys reading, playing games with his family, gardening, and playing, watching, and discussing both international soccer and MLS.

  • Outreach Projects
    • Advisor, International Affairs Club
    • Advisor, International Soccer Club
  • Awards and Honors
    • Alumni Award for Excellence (15 since 2008)
    • Excellence in Collaborative or Interdisciplinary Efforts (2010)
    • University of Idaho Excellence in Advising (2008)
"Sometimes I think you have to march right in and demand your rights, even if you don't know what your rights are, or who the person is you're talking to. Then on the way out, slam the door." - Jack Handey