Matthew E.K. Hall

Matthew E.K. Hall

Associate Professor

Fields of Study: American Politics, Constitutional Studies

Research and Teaching Interests: American political institutions, judicial behavior, personality psychology, constitutional law, and research methods

Office Hours: Thursdays 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

2057 Jenkins Nanovic Halls


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.