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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, Matt. Forthcoming. "Republicans, Not Democrats, Are More Likely to Endorse Anti-Vaccine Misinformation." American Politics Research.
- Motta, Matt, Timothy Callaghan, Steven Sylvester, and Kristin Lunz-Trujillo. 2012. "Identifying the prevalence, correlates, and policy consequences of anti-vaccine social identity." Politics, Groups, and Identities: 1-15.
- Motta, Matt. 2021. "Can a COVID-19 vaccine live up to Americans’ expectations? A conjoint analysis of how vaccine characteristics influence vaccination intentions." Social Science & Medicine 272: p.113642.
- Motta, Matthew P. & Timothy Callaghan. 2020. “The Pervasiveness and Policy Consequences of Medical Folk Wisdom in the U.S." Scientific Reports (Nature Research)
- Goren, Paul N., Brianna Smith, and Matt Motta. 2020. "Human Values and Sophistication Interaction Theory." Political Behavior: 1-25.