Assistant Professor



Matthew P. Hitt (Ph.D., The Ohio State University, 2014) is a CSU alumnus (B.A. 2007). He studies judgment and decision making in American politics, primarily in elite institutions. He is interested in how institutional and external factors influence the choices political actors make, especially at the collective level, in Congress, the judiciary, and the bureaucracy. He approaches these questions using observational, experimental, and archival techniques. He teaches courses such as judicial politics, legislative politics, American politics & government, and quantitative methodology. Methodologically, Hitt’s research interests include time series analysis, causal inference, event history analysis, game theory, and network analysis.

Hitt's research, funded in part by the National Science Foundation, has appeared or is forthcoming in the American Journal of Political Science, American Political Science Review, Energy Policy, International Journal of Public Opinion Research, Law & Society Review, Political Communication, Presidential Studies Quarterly, Public Opinion Quarterly, and Studies in American Political Development. He has also co-authored a book on time series analysis published by Cambridge University Press. Hitt's doctoral dissertation was awarded the 2015 Edward S. Corwin prize for best dissertation in public law by the American Political Science Association.


Davis, Nicholas T. and Matthew P. Hitt.
"Winning, Losing, and the Dynamics of External Political Efficacy"
In press, International Journal of Public Opinion Research.
Hitt, Matthew P., Craig Volden, and Alan E. Wiseman. 2017.
American Journal of Political Science 61(3): 575-590.
Merola, Vittorio and Matthew P. Hitt. 2016.
"Numeracy and the Persuasive Effect of Policy Information and Party Cues."
Public Opinion Quarterly 80 (2): 554-562.
Box-Steffensmeier, Janet M., Charles P. Campisano, Matthew P. Hitt, and Kevin M. Scott. 2016.
"Advising, Consenting, Delaying, and Expediting: Senator Influences on Presidential Appointments."
Studies in American Political Development 30 (1): 19-37.
Hitt, Matthew P.  2016. 
"Measuring Precedent in a Judicial Hierarchy." 
Law & Society Review 50 (1): 57-81. 
Media coverage: National Affairs
Box-Steffensmeier, Janet M., Dino P. Christenson, and Matthew P. Hitt. 2013. 
"Quality Over Quantity: Amici Influence & Judicial Decision Making."
American Political Science Review 107 (3): 446-460.
Hitt, Matthew P. 2013.
"Presidential Success in Supreme Court Appointments: Informational Effects and Institutional Constraints."
Presidential Studies Quarterly 43 (4): 792-813.


  • American Government & Politics