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Daniel A. Smith is a Professor of Political Science and a University of Florida Research Foundation Professor (2010-2012). From 2007 to 2011, Dr. Smith directed the Political Campaigning Program at the University of Florida, and is the former Graduate Coordinator. Dr. Smith earned his PhD at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and graduated with Honors from Penn State University.
He is the author of two academic books and more than 80 academic articles and book chapters on voting and elections in the American states. He is also the coauthor of a widely-used textbook across the country, State and Local Politics: Institutions and Reform, now in its 4th edition. Professor Smith specializes on voting and electoral issues. His research is motivated by furthering our understanding how political institutions affect political behavior across and within the American states. He has probed the “educative effects” of the institution of direct democracy on voter turnout, citizen engagement, and political efficacy, and the indirect impact citizen lawmaking has on interest groups and political party formation.

Position: Professor

Website: University of Florida
Institution / Affiliation : University of Florida

Geographical Region: North America
Methodology: Mixed Method
Policy: Elections