Steven S. Smith

Steven S. Smith

Professor Emeritus of Political Science
Former Director of the Weidenbaum Center on the Economy, Government, and Public Policy
Kate M. Gregg Distinguished Professor of Social Science
PHD, University of Minnesota
research interests:
  • American Politics
  • Congressional Politics
  • Russian Legislative Politics
  • Development of Political Institutions

contact info:

mailing address:

  • Washington University
    MSC 1063-228-207
    One Brookings Drive
    St. Louis, MO 63130-4899

​Professor Smith has worked on Capitol Hill in several capacities and has served as a senior fellow at the Brooking Institution. He has also authored or co-authored six books on congressional politics and recently a book on the formation of the Russian State Duma.

Smith is working on books on party leadership in the US Senate and the nature of party effects on congressional voting. Smith also directs The American Panel Survey (TAPS), a national political opinion poll that goes out each month to the same group of about 2000 citizens. Professor Smith retired in June 2023.