Matthew E.K. Hall

Matthew E.K. Hall


Fields of Study: American Politics, Constitutional Studies, Methodology

Research and Teaching Interests: Law and society, organizational behavior and American politics, constitutional law, and research methods

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Matthew E. K. Hall is a Professor of Political Science and Law at the University of Notre Dame. He received his PhD from Yale University in 2009 and specializes in interdisiplinary research that spans the fields of law and society, organizational behavior, and American politics. In 2019, he won the Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching from the University of Notre Dame.

Hall's current research explores the role of ideological bias, small group dynamics, and individual differences in shaping procedural justice, trust, and legitimacy in legal, political, and business organizations. His earlier work focused on empirical legal studies and American political institutions. His first book, The Nature of Supreme Court Power (Cambridge University Press, 2011), examined the influence of Supreme Court rulings on the behavior of state and private actors and won the C. Herman Pritchett Award for the 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), explored the role of personality traits in shaping the behavior of Supreme Court justices. He has also published numerous articles in leading journals, including the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, the Journal of Law and Courts, Law & Society Review, the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, Political Analysis, and Public Opinion Quarterly.