Kevin Smith

Chair of Political Science & Professor Political Science

Smith is a loyal subject of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II (and hopes he’ll get a knighthood for his trouble). He is a fanatical Dallas Cowboys fan and a devotee of real ales.

Research Areas

Public policy, Public Administration, American Politics, Biology, Politics

Current Research

  • the application of biological and evolutionary modes to political attitudes and behaviors
  • employs the methods of psychophysiology, behavioral genetics, neuro-imaging and experimental economics.


  • College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Research and Creative Achievement Award 2010


  • authored or co-authored nine books
  • numerous research articles that have appeared Science, the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, Public Administration Review and other journals
  • CV

Career Highlights

  • co-director of the UNL Political Physiology Lab
  • director of UNL’s  Systems Biology of Social Behavior (SB2) initiative
  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1994