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Gregory Smith

Gregory Smith

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Gregory Smith

Assistant Professor, Political Science Department


  • 2024 Spring
    • PSC 749 International Security Theory
  • 2023 Fall
    • PSC 124 International Relations
    • PSC 357 U.S. Foreign Policy
  • 2023 Spring
    • PSC 400 Selected Topics - Data Analytics for Poli Sci
  • 2022 Fall
    • PSC 124 International Relations
    • PSC 357 U.S. Foreign Policy

Highest degree earned

Ph.D., Ohio State University, 2020


Gregory Smith is assistant professor of political science. His research focuses on the domestic determinants of U.S. foreign policy and changes in the effects of coercive policy tools—the latter of which is the subject of his current book project, tentatively titled “Power Today is not Power Tomorrow: The Dynamic Effect of Coercive Policies.” 

His peer-reviewed research has been published in International Organization. He was awarded a Presidential Fellowship at The Ohio State University and has received research support from the Charles Koch Foundation. Prior to joining Syracuse, he held postdoctoral fellowships at The John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth College and the Department of Political Science at Duke University.

Smith earned a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in 2020. 

Areas of Expertise

International relations theory, security studies, U.S. foreign policy, political methodology

Research Grant Awards and Projects

"South Korean Perceptions of North Korean Threats", Sponsored by SOURCE.

Selected Publications

  • Journal Article
    • Smith, G., "Secret but Constrained: The Impact of Elite Opposition on Covert Operations." International Organization, 2019.

Presentations and Events

Coastal Carolina University, "Congressional Oversight and Covert Action" (September, 2023)

American Political Science Association (2022)

Smith, G., Lee Jr., L. B., Bankard Seminar in Global Politics, University of Virginia (2022)

Midwest Political Science Association (2020)

Midwest Regional Peace and Conflict Conference (2020)

International Studies Association (2019)