The first political scientist from the University of Pennsylvania to serve in the position, Smith will be on APSA’s Council and Executive Committee for three years. Smith will first serve as president-elect for a year, as APSA’s president in 2018-19 and as past president in 2019-20.
Trained in the history of political thought and American constitutional law, Smith has long championed a discipline that uses multiple methods to address pressing political issues and plans to bring that expertise to APSA’s Executive Committee.
The American Political Science Association is the leading professional organization for the study of political science. Founded in 1903, it serves more than 12,000 members in more than 80 countries and brings together political scientists from all fields of inquiry to deepen its members’ understanding of politics, democracy and citizenship throughout the world.