Matt Grossmann is Director of the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research (IPPSR) and Associate Professor of Political Science at Michigan State University.
His new book, Red State Blues: How the Conservative Revolution Stalled in the States, is from Cambridge University Press. He finds that while the Republican Party has gained substantial political control of state governments but has largely failed to enact policies that advance conservative goals.
Grossmann is also co-author of Asymmetric Politics: Ideological Republicans and Group Interest Democrats, published by Oxford University Press in 2016 (with David A. Hopkins) and winner of the Leon Epstein Outstanding Book Award from the American Political Science Association.
His previous books include Artists of the Possible: Governing Networks and American Policy Change Since 1945, published by Oxford University Press in 2014 and The Not-So-Special Interests: Interest Groups, Public Representation and American Governance, published by Stanford University Press in 2012. He is co-author of Campaigns & Elections, the leading elections textbook from W.W. Norton.
Grossmann’s a Senior Fellow at the Niskanen Center in Washington, DC, host of The Science of Politics Podcast and a regular contributor to FiveThirtyEight’s online political analysis. He has also published op-eds in The New York Times and The Washington Post.
While on sabbatical from 2018-2019, he served as Visiting Associate Professor of Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and as Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University.
Grossmann has authored numerous journal articles on such topics as policy change, political party networks, the legislative process and public opinion. His research appears in the Journal of Politics, Policy Studies Journal, Perspectives on Politics, American Politics Research and fifteen other outlets.
His research on “Asymmetric Parties in American Policy Debates” was supported by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. His research project, “How Do the Rich Rule? Public Opinion, Parties, and Interest Groups in Unequal Policy Influence,” was supported by the Russell Sage Foundation.
He was named IPPSR Director in January 2016. IPPSR is a policy, leadership and research unit within MSU’s College of Social Science, conducting more than $1.5 million in grant- or contract-funded research and raising more than $300,000 in donations annually.
Under Grossmann’s leadership, IPPSR added more than 60 affiliated faculty members from 25 different departments and nine colleges. Bringing the first student cohort to IPPSR, Grossmann has built a Policy Fellows Program with 20 graduate and undergraduate students per year. He expanded the Institute’s outreach capabilities, doubling the number of Public Policy Forums at the state capitol and launching the State of the State Podcast and the Michigan Policy Wonk blog.
Grossmann also created a policy-relevant research search engine and the Correlates of State Policy online database (1,000 variables measured for all 50 states each year), designed a new online survey panel of political insiders, established a new training program for legislative staff, transformed an internship award into a leadership certification for legislative interns, and created an event series for training faculty to engage policymakers.
He received a bachelor’s degree from Claremont McKenna College, a master’s degree in political science in 2002 and doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2007.
Grossmann is available by phone at 517-355-6672, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, on Twitter @mattgrossmann and at www.mattg.org.
- Matt Grossmann and David Hopkins. 2016. Asymmetric Politics: Ideological Republicans and Group Interest Democrats. New York: Oxford University Press.
- Matt Grossmann and David Hopkins. 2015. ”Ideological Republicans and Group Interest Democrats: The Asymmetry of American Party Politics.” Perspectives on Politics.
- Sarah Reckhow, Matt Grossmann, and Benjamin Evans. 2015. “Policy Cues and Ideology in Attitudes Toward Charter Schools.”Policy Studies Journal.
- Matt Grossmann. 2014. “Varied Effects of Policy Cues on Partisan Opinions.” Politics & Policy.
- Matt Grossmann and Brendon Swedlow. Forthcoming. “Judicial Contributions to US National Policy Change Since 1945.” Journal of Law & Courts.
- Matt Grossmann. 2014. Artists of the Possible: Governing Networks and American Policy Change Since 1945. New York: Oxford University Press.
- Matt Grossmann. 2013. “The Variable Politics of the Policy Process: Issue Area Differences and Comparative Networks.”Journal of Politics.
- Matt Grossmann and Kurt Pyle. 2013. “Lobbying and Congressional Bill Advancement.” Interest Groups & Advocacy.
- Matt Grossmann. 2012. “Interest Group Influence on U.S. Policy Change: An Assessment Based on Policy History.” Interest Groups & Advocacy.
- Matt Grossmann. 2012. The Not-So-Special Interests: Interest Groups, Public Representation, and American Governance. Stanford: Stanford University Press.
- John Sides, Daron Shaw, Matt Grossmann, and Keena Lipsitz. Forthcoming in 2011. Campaigns & Elections: Rules, Reality, Strategy and Choice. New York: W. W. Norton & Company.
- Matt Grossmann. 2012. “What (or Who) Makes Campaigns Negative?” American Review of Politics.
- Grossmann, Matt. “Online Student Publishing in the Classroom: The Experience of the Michigan Policy Network.” PS: Political Science & Politics 44(3).
- Grossmann, Matt, John Sides, and Keena Lipsitz. 2010. “Do Voters Perceive Negative Campaigns as Informative Campaigns?” American Politics Research.
- Grossmann, Matt. 2010. “Political Science at the State University in the State Capital.” The Forum 8(3)
- Grossmann, Matt, and Casey Dominguez. 2009. “Party Coalitions and Interest Group Networks.” American Politics Research 37(5).
- Grossmann, Matt. 2010. “La Poésie et la Prose des Lobbies sous Obama.” Revue Internationale et Stratégique.
- Grossmann, Matt. 2009. “Do the Strategists Know Something We Don’t Know? Campaign Decisions in American Elections.” The Forum 7(3).
- Grossmann, Matt. 2009. “Going Pro? The Professional Model and Political Campaign Consulting.” Journal of Political Marketing8(2).
- Grossmann, Matt. 2009. “Campaigning as an Industry: Consulting Business Models and Intra-Party Competition.” Business & Politics, 11 (1).
- Grossmann, Matt. 2009. “Who Gets What Now? Interest Groups Under Obama.” The Forum, 7 (1).
- Grossmann, Matt. 2008. “Just Another Interest Group? Organized Ethnic Representation in American Politics.” National Political Science Review, 11 (1).
- Grossmann, Matt. 2006. “Research Note: Environmental Advocacy in Washington.” Environmental Politics, 15 (4).
- Grossmann, Matt. 2006. “The Organization of Factions: Interest Mobilization and the Group Theory of Politics.” Public Organization Review, 6 (2).
- Grossmann, Matt, Keena Lipsitz, John Sides, and Christine Trost. 2005. “What Voters Want From Political Campaign Communication.” Political Communication, 22 (3).
- Grossmann, Matt. 2005. “The Dynamics of a Disturbance: New and Established Interests in Technology Policy Debates.”Knowledge, Technology & Policy, 18 (3).