Robert Smith

Robert Smith received his Ph. D. in Marketing and joined the faculty at Ohio State in 2013. Prior to beginning his Ph.D., Dr. Smith worked as a copywriter for JWT and marketer for several nonprofits. He has two primary streams of research in consumer decision making. In one, he explores the categorization and the perceived unity of groups. In the other, he studies inferences into mind and memory performance. Dr. Smith explores these theoretical variables in a variety of substantial domains including charitable giving and services. His research has appeared in The Journal of Consumer Research and The Journal of Consumer Psychology. He has received a variety of awards for his research, including the JCP Young Contributor Award and the Haring Symposium Best Paper Award. Dr. Smith currently teaches the Consumer Behavior course at Ohio State.

Areas of Expertise

  • Consumer Behavior
  • Charitable Giving
  • Categorization and Unity
  • Metacognition and consumer lay-theories


  • Ph.D. in Marketing, University of Michigan, 2013
  • Bachelors in Marketing, Indiana University, 2004


  • E-mail

    (614) 292-3946

    (614) 292-0879

    Department of Marketing & Logistics
    Fisher College of Business
    The Ohio State University
    514 Fisher Hall
    2100 Neil Avenue
    Columbus, OH 43210