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  • Ph.D., Georgia State University, 2015
  • M.A., Georgia State University, 2009
  • B.S., Georgia Institute of Technology, 2006


  • Business Statistics

Research Interests

  • Applied Quantitative Analysis
  • Authoritarianism
  • Political Institutions


Ian Smith, Ph.D., is an Adjunct Professor at St. Mary’s University. He completed his doctorate in Political Science at Georgia State University in 2015. His main research focus centers around utilizing novel quantitative approaches to the study of the political institutions of authoritarian governments. Before returning to graduate school, he interned with the Georgia Department of Natural resources, focusing on the development of Corporate Social Responsibility programs for businesses in the state as well as developing an industry survey of practices in the plastics manufacturing industry.

Prior to completing his doctorate, Smith taught courses in politics at both Georgia State and Oglethorpe University in Atlanta. Between completing his doctorate and coming to St. Mary’s, he taught politics at Northern Kentucky University. Currently he is teaching in both the Greehey School of Business and the Political Science Department at St. Mary’s.

His current research interests include the (mis)use of approaches to hypothesis testing in political research, the role of post-Communist and other former ruling parties in competitive politics, and the historical development of differing forms of government.


Smith, Ian O. 2014. “Election Boycotts and Hybrid Regime Survival.” Comparative Political Studies.

Manning, Carrie and Ian O. Smith. 2016. “Political Party Formation by Former Armed Opposition Groups after Civil War.” Democratization.

Honors and Awards

Malcom Jewell Award for best paper by a graduate student at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the Southern Political Science Association.

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