Matt is a Political Science PhD candidate and National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellow at the University of Minnesota. He also holds a Robert T. Holt distinguished Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship for his work on how citizens learn from campaign advertising. Matt received a B.A. in Government from Wesleyan University in 2013, and is currently studying American Politics and Quantitative Methods (with a PhD minor in Political Psychology). Matt's research primarily focuses on what citizens know about politics. How do citizens learn about politics and campaigns, and how does that information shape the political decisions they make? More generally, what types of information are necessary to be a "good citizen?" Matt is also broadly interested in citizens' attitudes towards "experts" (e.g., scientists, academics). His research asks why some people distrust experts, what consequences this might have on their political opinions, and how these attitudes might be mitigated. Matt is a Research Associate for the Wesleyan Media Project (2015 - present), where he has previously worked as a coding supervisor (2010-2013). He has also overseen data collection and preparation on a national election panel study for the Center for the Study of Political Psychology (2016).