Matthew E.K. Hall

Matthew E.K. Hall


Fields of Study: American Politics, Constitutional Studies, Methodology

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

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2057 Jenkins Nanovic Halls



Matthew Hall is a Professor of Political Science and Law at the University of Notre Dame. He specializes in empirical legal studies and American political institutions. His first book, The Nature of Supreme Court Power (Cambridge University Press, 2011), examines the influence of Supreme Court rulings on the behavior of state and private actors. The book 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), explores the role of personality traits in shaping the behavior of Supreme Court justices. He has also published numerous articles in leading journals, including the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, the Journal of Law and Courts, Law & Society Review, Political Analysis, and Public Opinion Quarterly. His current research projects explore judicial legitimacy, procedural justice, and small group dynamics.