Vote Smart cultivates a network of advisors who inform and substantiate the organization's work. Our advisors are leading experts in political research and journalism, and are from all across the political spectrum. Together, they review every key vote selection, every bill summary, and every question presented to candidates through the Political Courage Test to ensure absolute nonpartisanship, relevance, clarity, and accuracy.


Mrs. Jessica Arrigoni
Associate Researcher - Wisconsin Center for Education Research

Dr. Charles Barrilleaux
Professor, Department of Political Science - Florida State University

Dr. Justin Buchler
Associate Professor of Political Science - Case Western Reserve Universiy

Dr. Kyle Dell
Assistant Professor of Political Science - Guilford College

Dr. KC Johnson
Professor - Brooklyn College, The City University of New York

Dr. Noah Kaplan
Visiting Assistant Professor - University of Illinois- Chicago

Dr. Matt Levendusky
Associate Professor - University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Brian Newman
Assistant Professor - Pepperdine University

Dr. Christopher Simon
Associate Professor - University of Utah

Dr. Brent Steel
Director, Master of Public Policy Program - Oregon State University

Dr. Craig Volden
Professor - University of Virginia

Dr. Jonathan West
Director of MPA Program and Professor, Department of Political Science - University of Miami

Dr. Gerald Wright
Professor, Department of Political Science - Indiana University