Dr. Andrew R. Smith is Professor and Graduate Program Head in the Department of Communication Studies at Edinboro University (PA), where he has been teaching since 1993.
He also coordinates the web-based Graduate Certificate in Conflict Management. He served, for the 1998-99 academic year, as Senior Fulbright Fellow in Communication and Culture at the Faculty of Letters, Department of English, Mohammed V University in Rabat, Morocco.
He returns regularly to Morocco to conduct seminars and research as a member of Research Group on Language, Culture and Development at the Center for Doctoral Research, Mohammed V University, supported by various granting agencies. In 2011 he was awarded a Fulbright Specialist grant to continue this work. Other faculty appointments include Villanova University, Southern Illinois University, Lewis and Clark College, and The Tokyo Center for Language and Culture. In 2009 he was inaugurated as a Fellow in the International Communicology Institute.
He is coeditor (with Lenore Langsdorf) of and contributor to Recovering Pragmatism’s Voice: The Classical Tradition, Rorty and the Philosophy of Communication (SUNY Press), and recently authored the monograph Epistemology and Ethics in Human Science Research (a primer for graduate student research). He has published essays in Communication Theory, Human Rights Quarterly, Cultural Critique, Russian Journal of Communication, Human Studies, Text and Performance Quarterly and other journals and edited volumes. Recent publications concern freedom of expression, assembly and movement in authoritarian regimes, intercultural conflict, and public discourse in Morocco specifically. Forthcoming essays address issues pertaining to the aftermath of the “Arab Spring” with regard to the mass displacements of people of many nationalities throughout North Africa and the Middle East, and the increasing presence of “cyber-baltagiya” that sabotage websites of dissidents in the Arab world generally. Current research focuses on developing a theory of intractable conflict from a communicological perspective. Many of his papers are available for download.
Andrew teaches courses in intercultural and intractable conflict, language and human conduct, the language of war, freedom of speech, communication ethics, critical/interpretive and qualitative research methods, and related courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels. He has directed over 30 Masters theses and co-supervises dissertations through the Fulbright joint supervision program in association with the Moroccan American Center for Educational and Cultural Exchange.