An internationalist and institution builder, Hewett-Smith's previous leadership roles include associate director and dean at the Institute for International Liberal Education at Bard College; dean of arts, humanities, and social sciences at the Asian University for Women in Chittagong, Bangladesh; and, most recently, head of the Department of English at the American University of Sharjah in the UAE. She began her career as a faculty member in the Department of English at the University of Richmond in Richmond, VA.

Hewett-Smith’s current research interests include the aesthetics and politics of the long postcolonial novel as well as the history and development of international education and global educational models. Her scholarly publications include an edited volume on William Langland’s Piers Plowman as well as various articles and papers on topics ranging from allegorical theory in medieval texts to transnational identities and human rights in South Asian literatures.

An award-winning teacher, Hewett-Smith offers courses in the areas of contemporary global literatures in English, medieval English literature, literary theory, poetics, and academic writing. She is also interested in the phenomenon of the global city and has taught courses on, and in, Mumbai and Shanghai.

Hewett-Smith received her MA and PhD in English from the University of California, Irvine and her BA in English from the University of Colorado, Boulder.