Smith, Dr. Heather

Smith, Heather
Email: Office:
ADM 3080
  • Prince George


Heather A. Smith is Professor of Global and International Studies at the University of Northern British Columbia. I am the recipient of the 3M National Teaching Fellowship (2006), the Canadian Political Science Excellence in Teaching Award (2012), a two time recipient of the UNBC Excellence in Teaching Award, and a 2018 BCcampus Scholarly Teaching Fellow. Most recently, I have been a a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Political Science at Dalhousie University (2018-2020). My most recent administrative position, was the Director of the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology at the University of Northern British Columbia (2012-2018). Other teaching and learning activities include: Facilitator for the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL) International Collaborative Writing Group on personal narrative and autoethnography (2019), Regional Vice-President Canada of ISSOTL (2016-2019) and founding co-coordinator of the ISSOTL Fellows Program (2017-2019). I am also an active researcher in the areas of gender and Canadian foreign policy as well as the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Research and Expertise

My current work focuses on two areas. First, I continue to do work related to the scholarship of teaching and learning and I'm currently co-editing the Oxford Handbook of International Studies Pedagogy with Mark Boyer and David Hornsby. Second, in the area of Canadian foreign policy I continue to work on the theme of silences, drawing off of the broad feminist international studies literatures as a lens by which to consider Canadian foreign policy in theory and practice.

Research Fields:
  • Gender and Women's Studies
  • International Studies
Areas of Expertise:

Gender and Canadian foreign policy, students as partners

Currently accepting graduate students
Supervises in:
  • MA International Studies
  • MA Gender Studies

I'm interested in working with students who are keen on questions related to gender and Canadian foreign policy or areas in the scholarship of teaching and learning such as students as partners.

Selected Publications

Heather A. Smith (2021) “That’s a “Hard no” from me: the questions we really need to ask”, Canadian Foreign Policy Journal, 27:3, pp. 458-464, DOI: 10.1080/11926422.2021.1969969

Heather A. Smith and David J. Hornsby (eds), Teaching International Relations in the Age of Disruption, (Palgrave Press, 2021).

Heather Smith, Nattalia Godbold, Dawne Irving-Bell, Jill McSweeney, Lauren Schlesselman and Patrice Torcivia, “The Courage to SoTL”, Teaching and Learning Inquiry (Fall 2021), pp. 380-394,

Liam Midzain-Gobin and Heather Smith, “Debunking the Myth of Canada as a Non-Colonial Power” in American Review of Canadian Studies, (2020), 50:4, pp. 479-497, DOI: 10.1080/02722011.2020.1849329.

Heather Smith and Tari Ajadi, “Canadian Feminist Foreign Policy and Human Security Compared” International Journal (September 2020), pp. 1-16, doi:10.1177/0020702020954547

With Claire Turenne Sjolander (eds), Canada in the World: Internationalism in Canadian Foreign Policy, (Toronto: Oxford, 2013).

With Claire Turenne Sjolander and Deborah Stienstra (eds), Feminist Perspectives on Canadian Foreign Policy (Toronto: Oxford, 2003).