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Daniel Smith

Faculty Associate & Seminar Co-chair


Daniel Smith

Daniel M. Smith is associate professor of comparative politics in the department of government at Harvard University. His research focuses primarily on political parties, candidate selection, elections and electoral systems, and coalition government, particularly in Japan. He earned his Ph.D. and M.A. in political science from the University of California, San Diego, and his B.A. in political science and Italian from the University of California, Los Angeles. He has conducted research in Japan as a Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology research scholar at Chuo University, and as a Fulbright research fellow at the University of Tokyo. Prior to joining the Department of Government, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford University.

This information is accurate for the time period that the faculty associate is affiliated with CES.


  • Associate Professor of Comparative Politics, Harvard University
  • Faculty Associate & Seminar Co-chair, CES, Harvard University