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Bill Smith

Bill Smith

Director of the Martin Institute, Chair of the Program in International Studies


338 Administration Building



Mailing Address

Martin Institute
University of Idaho
P.O. Box 443177
Moscow, Idaho 83844-3177

Bill Smith's teaching at the University of Idaho focuses on sport and international affairs, international policymaking and the United Nations. He has lived in Mexico, Spain and Portugal.

  • Ph.D., History, Washington State University, 2000
  • M.A., History, Washington State University, 1996
  • B.A., History, California State University Chico, 1993

Bill L. Smith, director of the Martin Institute and Program in International Studies, claims to have the best job on UI's 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 Martin 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, 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.

  • The United Nations System
  • Soccer and Politics
  • Multilateral Policy Formulation
  • Undergraduate Research

  • Advisor, International Affairs Club
  • Advisor, International Soccer Club

  • Excellence in Teaching (UI, 2016)
  • Excellence in Collaborative or Interdisciplinary Efforts (UI, 2010)
  • Excellence in Advising (UI, 2008)
  • ASUI Outstanding Faculty Award (UI, 2014)
  • Alumni Awards for Excellence (UI, more than 20 since 2008)

International Studies Program

Physical Address:
338 Administration Building

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

Phone: 208-885-6527

Fax: 208-885-9464


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