Matt entered the Ph.D. program in fall 2012, and is studying American politics and public policy. A native of Michigan, Matt holds a B.A. in Political Science and History from Oakland University and a J.D. from Wayne State University. Prior to arriving at Michigan State, Matt spent several years working as an in-house city attorney, practicing primarily in the areas of property, tax, and constitutional law in both state and federal courts. Matt’s current research interests fall in to two broad categories: 1) state courts and judicial politics, especially judicial elections, judicial campaigns, and states as participants in federal court litigation; and 2) the legal environment of policymaking, specifically the effects of state-local government structures on local autonomy, and the interaction of law, institutions, and policy processes in policymaking. Additionally, Matt is pursuing Michigan State’s specialization in Global Urban Studies, and has participated in research examining civic culture in several Michigan communities. In his free time, Matt enjoys reading, gardening, and visiting historical sites, lighthouses, and baseball stadiums. He also serves on his local community’s planning commission.
Expected Completion: 2017