William R. Smith

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Politics

Areas of Study


  • PhD candidate, politics, Princeton University, expected 2022
  • MA, politics, Princeton University, 2017
  • BA; political science, economics, and mathematics; University of Miami; 2015


William Smith studies elections and voting in the United States, with forays into the related topics of representation and responsiveness. In his dissertation, William studies how voters evaluate candidates, including the trade-offs voters make between the issue positions and personal qualities of candidates. He also examines the interactive effect of co-partisanship and candidate quality on candidate support. In other work, he formally studies the role of constituent contact on legislative behavior and develops a model to improve measurement of partisan competition within legislative chambers.

Voting and elections, representation and responsiveness, political behavior, political institutions, legislatures, campaigns, polarization, experiments, formal theory.