Honors College Alumni of the Year
Dr. Robert L. Smale
’95 BA History and Spanish
Dr. Robert L. Smale, ’95 BA History and Spanish, graduated summa cum laude from UNLV Honors College. The Nevada Board of Regents chose him as the UNLV Student of the Year in 1995. During his senior year, Smale was named a finalist for the prestigious and nationally competitive Rhodes Scholarship. UNLV named him outstanding male athlete for four consecutive years beginning in 1992, and he served as captain of the UNLV swim team for two years.
Upon completion of his doctoral degree in history at University of Texas at Austin, Smale accepted a faculty position in the University of Missouri’s Department of History. His professional work centers on the sociopolitical history of Bolivia in the early twentieth century. He has been awarded numerous research fellowships for his work including a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship from the U.S. Department of Education. He considers his greatest professional accomplishment to be his book, “I Sweat the Flavor of Tin: Labor Activism in Early Twentieth Century Bolivia.” The book examines the lives of workers and artisans in an important mining region in Bolivia.