Smail, Gareth

Assistant Professor of International Studies

Address: 9 Glebe St., room 203
Office Hours: Fall 2023 - by appointment only. Please email to schedule.


Ph.D. in Education, University of Pennsylvania 

M.A. in Arab Studies, Georgetown University 

B.A. in International Studies, American University 

Research Interests

Dr. Smail is a sociolinguist and anthropologist whose research explores the intersection of schooling, language, and inequality, particularly in postcolonial contexts in the Global South. His current research projects focus on North Africa’s transition to multilingual education, using interdisciplinary methods including ethnography, sociolinguistic research, and discourses analysis. Other interests include social media and governance in the Global South, and the role of cross-cultural communication in international development. 

Alongside his academic research, Dr. Smail has spent a decade working with international development organizations, including the U.S. Agency for International Development, the World Bank, and the U.S. Peace Corps.  

Courses Taught

INTL 100 Introduction to International Studies

INTL 290 Special Topics in International Studies


 “Citizen Sociolinguists Scaling Back,” Applied Linguistics Review, (2021) 12(3), pp. 419-444, with B. Rymes. 

 “Debating Arabic: Governmentality and language controversy in Algeria,” Working Papers in Educational Linguistics, (2018) 33(1), pp. 53-71. 

 “Politicized Pedagogy in Morocco: A comparative case of teachers of English and Arabic,” International Journal of Educational Development, (2018) 53, pp. 151-162. 

 “Pardon my French: Language, identity and politics in Morocco,” Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting (2017). Available: 

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