Matthew E.K. Hall

Matt Hall


Regular Faculty - Associate Professor


American Politics
Constitutional Studies


Ph.D. (with distinction), Political Science, Yale University

Research and Teaching Interests

American political institutions, judicial behavior, personality psychology, constitutional law, and research methods

Advising Specialties

Pre-law advising


Matthew Hall specializes in American political institutions with an emphasis on judicial behavior and policy implementation. His first book,  The Nature of Supreme Court Power (Cambridge University Press, 2011), won the C. Herman Pritchett Award for Best Book on Law and Courts from the American Political Science Association. His second book, What Judges Want: Goals and Personality on the U.S. Supreme Court (Cambridge University Press, 2018), explores the influence of personality traits on the behavior of Supreme Court justices. He has also published numerous articles in leading political science journals, including the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, Political AnalysisPublic Opinion Quarterly, and the Journal of Law and Courts. His current research projects examine the influence of personality on elite decision making in both political and business organizations.

Office Hours

Tuesdays 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Thursdays 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Contact Information

Office: 2057 Jenkins Nanovic Halls
Phone: 574-631-3015
Fax: 574-631-4405

Mailing Address

Department of Political Science
2060 Jenkins Nanovic Halls
Notre Dame, IN 46556


Hall CV