Alexander Smith’s research focuses on altruism, trust, cooperation and honesty. In particular, he is interested in learning how behavior relates to beliefs about the actions of others and how psychology can be used for promoting pro-social behavior. These areas of research provide a better understanding of the factors underlying real-world pro-social behaviors such as volunteering and charitable giving. In essence, they provide insight into how to make the world a better place.
Smith is passionate about economics and enjoys teaching because it allows him to share his passion with others. He enjoys teaching at WPI because the students are not only hardworking, determined, and capable, but they are also curious about how the world works and are often interested in learning how they can make positive contributions to society. Smith enjoys interacting with students because he appreciates the different points of view and is amazed by how much can be learned by conversing with others about their interpretation of important issues.