Matthew Motta

Matt is a Political Science PhD candidate and National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellow at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. He 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; including topics like how citizens learn about politics and campaigns, and how that information shapes the political decisions they make. He also studies survey methodology, and is interested in developing solutions to commonplace data-quality issues (particularly those pertaining to surveys conducted online). Matt is a Research Associate for the Wesleyan Media Project, 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).

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Arts: Government, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT, 2013.

Curriculum Vitae

Specialties

  • Public Opinion and Political Behavior
  • Political Psychology
  • Campaigns & Elections
  • Political Advertising
  • Survey Methodology
Research & Professional Activities

Research

  • Survey Administrator - 2016 CSPP National Election Panel Study: Data collection & preparation, Summer 2016 - Winter 2016
  • Research Associate - Wesleyan Media Project: November 2015 - Present
Publications
  • Motta, Matthew (2016). What do interviewer intelligence ratings actually measure?. Research and Politics, 3(3), 1-10. Link
  • Motta, Matthew, Timothy Callaghan, Brianna Smith (2016). Looking for Answers: Identifying Search Behavior and Improving Knowledge-Based Data Quality in Online Surveys. International Journal of Public Opinion Research, Link
  • Motta, Matthew (2016). Book Review of "Uninformed: Why People Seem to Know So Little about Politics and What We Can Do about It." By Arthur Lupia. New York: Oxford University Press, 2015.. Journal of Politics, 78(4), E17-E18. Link
  • Motta, Matthew, Erika Franklin Fowler (2016). The Content and Effect of Political Advertising in U.S. Campaigns. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics, Link
  • Motta, Matthew, Erika Franklin Fowler (2016). The Content and Effect of Political Advertising in U.S. Campaigns. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics, Link
  • Motta, Matthew (2016). Air war? Campaign advertising in the 2016 Presidential Election. US Election Analysis 2016, Link
Awards
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, Fall 2014 - Fall 2017