Michael G. Smith , PhD

Vice President, Research

Michael manages the day-to-day operations of GSG’s data team, including staffing projects and overseeing the sampling, fielding, and weighting of surveys. He also tackles advanced statistical analyses for political, advocacy, and corporate clients and stays abreast of the latest developments in quantitative research techniques.

Michael’s joint passion for politics and data runs so deep that he dedicated six years of his life to working towards a PhD in Political Science from Columbia University. His dissertation, which examines the politics of corporate bailouts, and his publications in leading scholarly journals leverage the deep knowledge of quantitative research methodology and political processes he gained during his studies. In a prior life he was a Passport Officer for the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.

Michael hails from Ottawa, Canada, and spends his spare time eating his way through the five boroughs.