Office Hours (Fall 2019)
PhD, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, 2018
Dr. Motta is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Oklahoma State University. He received his PhD in Political Science from the University of Minnesota, where he was also a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellow and Doctoral Dissertation Fellow. Prior to joining the faculty at OSU, he served as a Science Communication postdoctoral fellow at the Annenberg Public Policy Center (University of Pennsylvania), and was based at the Yale Law School as an affiliated scholar at the Cultural Cognition Project.
His research focuses on a wide range of topics related to American politics, public opinion, science communication, and both health and environmental policy. Dr. Motta is especially interested in identifying the social and political determinants of anti-science attitudes, and investigating their policy impact. He is also broadly interested in designing communication strategies that promote effective engagement between the public and the scientific community on politically contentious issues.
Environmental Policy & Climate Opinion, Public Health, Political Behavior, Political & Science Communication
- Motta, M., D. Chapman, D. Stecula,& K. Haglin. 2019. An experimental examination of measurement disparities in public climate change beliefs. Climatic Change, 154(1-2): 37-47.
- Callaghan, T., M. Motta, S. Sylvester, K.L. Trujillo, & C.C. Blackburn, C. C. 2019. Parent psychology and the decision to delay childhood vaccination. Social Science & Medicine, 112407.
- Motta, M. 2019. Explaining science funding attitudes in the United States: The case for science interest. Public Understanding of Science, 28(2), 161-176.
- Motta, M. 2018. The polarizing effect of the March for Science on attitudes toward scientists. PS: Political Science & Politics, 51(4), 782-788.
- Motta, M., T. Callaghan, T., & S. Sylvester. 2018. Knowing less but presuming more: Dunning-Kruger effects and the endorsement of anti-vaccine policy attitudes. Social Science & Medicine, 211, 274-281.
- Motta, M. 2018. The enduring effect of scientific interest on trust in climate scientists in the United States. Nature Climate Change, 8(6), 485.
- Motta, M. 2018. The dynamics and political implications of anti-intellectualism in the United States. American Politics Research, 46(3), 465-498.