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Kelly B. Smith

Kelly B. Smith

Assistant Professor of Political Science, Stetson University


Kelly B. Smith is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Stetson University. She was formerly a postdoctoral research associate on the education standards research team at the Taubman Center for American Politics and Policy and remains affiliated with the research team and the Taubman Center. Her research focuses on American politics with a particular emphasis on the relationship among state legislative politics, bureaucratic politics, and democratic governance. She is currently examining the ways in which bureaucratic networks facilitate policy learning among bureaucrats and legislators during the diffusion of policy and its consequences for states as laboratories of democracy. Smith received her PhD and AM in political science from Brown University.

Select Publications and Papers

  • David K. Cohen, Susan L. Moffitt, and Kelly B. Smith. “The Influence of Practice on Policy.” In Shaping Education Policy: Power and Process, Douglas E. Mitchell, Robert Crowson, and Dorothy Shipps (eds.). Taylor and Francis. Forthcoming.
  • Kelly B. Smith. “Laboratories of Bureaucracy: How Bureaucrats Shape Policy Diffusion Across the U.S. States.” Under Review.


  • POLS1821J: “Rhode Island Government and Politics.” Internship Seminar (instructor).
  • POLS1770: “Education, Inequality, and American Democracy.” Undergraduate lecture class (teaching assistant).
  • POLS2580: “Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods.” Graduate seminar (assistant instructor).
  • POLS1130: “The American Presidency.” Undergraduate lecture class (co-head teaching assistant).
  • POLS0010: “Introduction to the American Political Process.” Undergraduate lecture class (teaching assistant).


  • American Political Science Association
  • Midwest Political Science Association
  • Southern Political Science Association