Meet Dr. Matt Grossmann, director of the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research and Associate Professor of Political Science at Michigan State University as he presents his book Asymmetric Politics, co-authored with David A. Hopkins.
This fresh and comprehensive investigation reveals how Democrats and Republicans think differently about politics, rely on distinct sources of information, argue past one another, and pursue divergent goals in government. It provides a rigorous new understanding of contemporary polarization and governing dysfunction while demonstrating how longstanding features of American politics and public policy reflect our asymmetric party system.
About the Author
Matt Grossmann serves as the Director of the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research (IPPSR.) A nationally known political scientist, he also holds a position as Associate Professor (link is external) of Political Science at Michigan State University.
As an expert on American politics and government, his research spans national and state policymaking, election campaigns, interest groups, and political parties. His current work explores key differences (link is external) between major political parties and economic inequality in policy influence.
He is the author of Artists of the Possible (link is external): Governing Networks and American Policy Change Since 1945, published by Oxford University Press in 2014 and The Not-So-Special Interests (link is external): Interest Groups, Public Representation, and American Governance, published by Stanford University Press in 2012.
He is author of numerous journal articles on such topics as policy change, political party networks, the legislative process and public opinion. His research appears in the Journal of Politics, Policy Studies Journal, Perspectives on Politics, American Politics Research and other outlets. He is also co-author of Campaigns & Elections, a textbook available through W. W. Norton, and editor of the volume New Directions in Interest Group Politics, from Routledge. He also writes for blogs (link is external) and popular media (link is external).
His roots are also deep in practical politics, especially in candidate training, policy and survey research. His experience includes work at the Rose Institute of State and Local Government, the Institute of Governmental Studies, the Center for Voting and Democracy and the Center for Democracy and Technology. He served as a fellow for the Sunlight Foundation and co-authored a book for use in campaign leadership institutes.
He received his bachelor’s degree from Claremont McKenna College, his master’s in political science in 2002 and doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2007. He became IPPSR director in January 2016. Matt is available by phone (517) 355-6672, by email at grossm63 at msu.edu, on Twitter @mattgrossmann (link is external) and at www.mattg.org (link is external)