Matthew E.K. Hall

Matthew E.K. Hall

David A. Potenziani Memorial College Professor of Constitutional Studies

Fields of Study: American Politics, Constitutional Studies

Research and Teaching Interests: American democracy, law and society, organizational behavior, and constitutional law

Office Hours: By appointment

2040C Jenkins Nanovic Halls



Director, Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy

Matthew E. K. Hall is the David A. Potenziani Memorial College Professor of Constitutional Studies, Professor of Political Science, Concurrent Professor of Law, and Director of the Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy at the University of Notre Dame. He received his PhD from Yale University in 2009 and specializes in interdisciplinary research that spans the fields of American politics, law and society, and organizational behavior. 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 examines popular support for democratic norms in the United States (especially free speech and voting rights), political psychology, and the role of politics in the workplace. His first book, The Nature of Supreme Court Power (Cambridge University Press, 2011), which won the C. Herman Pritchett Award for the Best Book on Law and Courts from the American Political Science Association, examined the influence of Supreme Court rulings on the behavior of state and private actors. His second book, What Justices 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 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, Political Analysis, Public Opinion Quarterly, the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, the Journal of Law and Courts, Law & Society Review, Organization Science, and the Academy of Management Journal.