Curriculum Vitae Biosketch

William A. Smith headshot
  • Associate Professor, Ethnic Studies
  • Associate Professor, Education, Culture & Society
  • Associate Professor, Ethnic Studies


Research Statement

In 2003, Dr. Smith was awarded the Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship to further develop his theoretical concept of Racial Battle Fatigue. Racial Battle Fatigue is an interdisciplinary theoretical framework that provides a clearer method for understanding the race-related experiences of People of Color. In general, Racial Battle Fatigue explains how the social environment (e.g., institutions, policies, practices, traditions, groups and individuals) perpetuates race-related stressors that adversely affect the health and academic achievement of Students of Color and the health, professional productivity, and retention among Faculty of Color. Whether it is from the constant stereotyping that Students of Color face on campus or the epistemological racism that Faculty of Color endure as they seek tenure and promotion, People of Color are chronically having race-related stress-responses in historically white institutions and environments that consumes valuable time and energy. Dr. Smith's fellowship year (2003-2004) was also spent working on collaborative projects at the UCLA with Dr. Walter R. Allen and Dr. Daniel Solórzano. Professor Smith's additional research interests are inter-ethnic relations, racial attitudes, racial identity & socialization, academic colonialism, affirmative action attitudes, and the impact of student diversity on university and college campuses.

Research Keywords

  • Racial/Ethnic Health Disparities, Interest Level: 5
  • Racial identity & socialization, Interest Level: 5
  • Racial Issues, Interest Level: 5
  • Racial Battle Fatigue, Interest Level: 5
  • Racial Attitudes & Stereotypes, Interest Level: 5
  • Inter-ethnic relations, Interest Level: 5
  • Impact of student diversity on university and college campuses, Interest Level: 5
  • Academic colonialism, Interest Level: 5