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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 explores the role of politics in the workplace--how political interactions and values influence organizational behavior and how workplace experiences influence political attitudes and behavior. 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), 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 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, and Personnel Psychology.


  • 2013–2022
    Professor, University of Notre Dame