Faculty/Instructor Profiles

MPP Faculty Profile: Dr. Matt Grossmann

matt-grossmann-profile-2015.jpgDr. Matt Grossmann is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and Director at Michigan State University’s Institute for Public Policy and Social Research (IPPSR). He received his doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley in 2007. His areas of interest include American public policy, interest groups, political parties, and campaigns.

His latest book, Asymmetric Politics (with David Hopkins) examines differences between the Republican and Democratic parties. He is the author and co-author of several other books and numerous peer-reviewed articles. Organizations Dr. Grossmann has done work for include the Center for Democracy and Technology, the British Parliament in London, and FairVote.

Professor Grossmann enjoys teaching courses that are closely tied to current events. These include courses related to policymaking at the beginning on new administrations or legislative sessions. He also enjoys teaching Campaigns and Elections when national elections are ongoing.

Grossmann finds that there is strong interest among the general public in the differences between the major parties and how they have changed over time.

Grossman became Director of the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research in January 2016. A few highlights of IPPSR’s work include its political training and education programs, survey research center (including the State of the State Survey), and expanding policy research. Several Masters of Public Policy students are currently working at IPPSR in different capacities.

Advice for Students

Dr. Grossmann suggests that students explore different policy areas. He recommends that they find one to develop expertise in that plays out at each level of government, but in which there are not already many experts.

He continues, “Take advantage of being in the state capital region by meeting people, going to events, and learning about ongoing policy debates.”

Students should supplement their coursework with their own readings. Grossmann suggests the website http://polisci.indiana.edu/Syllabi_project/syllabi.html as a guide for readings on parties and interest groups.

Finally, students who are developing capstone project ideas or thinking about them for next year’s Forum are encouraged to visit IPPSR’s state policy page for data.

Students can also stop by 313 Berkey each Friday at 2:30 for tea, snacks, and information about IPPSR.


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