William L. Smith is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Teaching, Learning & Sociocultural Studies. A former middle school teacher in traditionally under-served urban communities, William’s research and teaching interests center on issues of race, curriculum, and social studies education. He is particularly interested in how K-12 students learn about and make sense of historical and contemporary racial events. His work has been supported by The University of Texas Graduate School’s Continuing Fellowship program and the Kappa Delta Pi honors society. William completed a master’s in Teaching and Curriculum from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and earned his Ph. D. in Curriculum and Instruction, with an emphasis on social studies education, from The University of Texas at Austin.