Daniel M. Smith

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Assistant Professor

Ronald O. Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics, Room 322


Daniel M. Smith is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania. His research interests cover a range of topics in comparative politics, political economy, and political behavior, with a core focus on political institutions and democratic representation. He has regional expertise in both Western Europe and East Asia (particularly Japan).

He is the author of Dynasties and Democracy (Stanford University Press, 2018), and articles appearing in the American Political Science ReviewAmerican Journal of Political ScienceThe Journal of PoliticsComparative Political Studies, and Political Analysis, among other journals and edited volumes.

He holds a PhD (2012) and MA (2009) in political science from the University of California, San Diego, and a BA (2005) in political science and Italian from the University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to joining the faculty at Penn, he held appointments at Stanford University, Harvard University, and Columbia University.