Dr. Smedley's academic interests are focused in applied linguistics, English as a Second Language (ESL), Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), sociolinguistics, language ethnography, language policy, linguistic rights and preservation. For the past three years he has served as a Senior English Language Fellow with the U.S. State Department in Africa. During this time, Dr. Smedley has co-developed several manuals for English Club and American Readers Club for Congolese youth exploring issues of human rights, gender equality, democracy, diversity, tolerance, service learning and civic engagement. He organized the first National English Language Symposium in Kinshasa to revise the national secondary English language curriculum in collaboration with the Congo's Ministry of Education. Dr. Smedley has a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Montana, M.A. in International Development from Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand, and received a M.A. and a Ph.D. in Literacy, Culture and Language Education from Indiana University Bloomington. He is a former Peace Corps Volunteer serving in Watamu, Kenya. Additionally, he has taught in the field of language education in Afghanistan, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mongolia and Thailand.