Matt Grossmann is Director of the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research and Associate Professor of Political Science at Michigan State University. He is the author of Asymmetric Politics: Ideological Republicans and Group Interest Democrats (Oxford University Press, 2016 with David Hopkins), Artists of the Possible: Governing Networks and American Policy Change Since 1945 (Oxford University Press, 2014), and The Not-So-Special Interests: Interest Groups, Public Representation, and American Governance (Stanford University Press, 2012). Grossmann’s journal articles also cover political party networks, negative campaigning, political consulting, polarization, ethnic representation, the legislative process, public opinion, and environmental, education, and technology policy.
His current work explores the mechanisms of economic inequalities in policy influence and the policy consequences of Republican gains in the states. Grossmann has also worked in practical politics at the local, state, and national levels (and abroad) in political campaigns, parties, interest groups, and government. The research institute he directs includes a large survey lab, a policy research database, a state government outreach and legislative training program, and a candidate recruitment and leadership program.
At Niskanen, Grossmann will be creating the podcast “Political Research Digest” (designed to summarize research for political professionals) and contributing to work on the future of partisan polarization and national policymaking.