Bill Smith, Ph.D.
College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences
Graduation Date: 2000
Martin Institute and Program in International Studies
Director Martin Institute and Program in International Studies
Campus Locations: Moscow
With UI Since 1999
Ph.D. History, Washington State University, 2000
M.A. History, Washington State University, 1996
B.A. History, California State University Chico, 1993
The United Nations System, Soccer and Politics, Multilateral Policy Formulation, Latin American History
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.
- Advisor, International Affairs Club
- Advisor, International Soccer Club
- Alumni Award for Excellence (15 since 2008)
- Excellence in Collaborative or Interdisciplinary Efforts (2010)
- University of Idaho Excellence in Advising (2008)