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Corwin Smidt

Corwin Smidt

Associate Professor of Political Science

Smidt focuses on American electoral and campaign politics, swing voters, presidential nominations, and Michigan elections.

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Area of Expertise

Political Behavior Political Campaigns American Politics Swing Voters


Corwin D. Smidt is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Michigan State University. He primarily studies sources of change in American party politics, with an emphasis on how the American mass public and its leaders respond to each other over time through party loyalties, party nominations, and party performance. He is also interested in applying election science findings to improve Michigan campaigns and elections More information is available at his website:

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The Ohio State University: Ph. D., Political Science | 2008

The Ohio State University: M.A., Political Science | 2005

Calvin College: B.A., Political Science | 2002