Senior Fellows

Matthew Wilson

Associate Professor of Political Science, SMU

(214) 768-4054

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Matthew Wilson is Director of the Center for Faith and Learning and Associate Professor of political science at Southern Methodist University.  His research focuses on public opinion, elections, representation, and the role of race and religion in politics, both in the United States and abroad.  He is the author, co-author, or editor of three books and several dozen articles and essays, including Understanding American Politics and Politics and Religion in the United States.  He has received research grants from the American Political Science Association, the John G. Tower Center for Public Policy and International Affairs, and the Sam Taylor Foundation of the United Methodist Church, and his teaching has been honored with awards from the SMU Department of Residence Life and the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility.  He routinely serves as a commentator on political affairs for local, national, and international media outlets.

Education and Honors

  • Ph.D., Political Science, Duke University, 1999
  • M.A., Political Science, Duke University, 1997
  • B.A., History and Political Science, Louisiana State University, 1994

Publications, Speeches and Presentations


  • Politics and Religion in the United States.  With Michael Corbett and Julia Corbett-Hemeyer.  Routledge Press, 2013.
  • Understanding American Politics.  With Stephen Brooks and Douglas L. Koopman.  University of Toronto Press, 2013.
  • From Pews to Polling Places: Faith and Politics in the American Religious Mosaic.  Georgetown University Press,    2007.  Edited volume including authored chapter.
  • “How Are We Doing?: Group-Based Economic Assessments and African American Political Behavior.”  Electoral Studies 31 (Sep 2012): 550-561.
  • Political Sophistication and Attributions of Blame in the Wake of Hurricane Katrina.” With Brad T. Gomez. Publius: The Journal of Federalism 38 (Sep 2008): 633-650.
  • Economic Voting and Political Sophistication: Defending Heterogeneous Attribution.” With Brad T. Gomez. Political Research Quarterly 60 (Sep 2007): 555-558.
  • Rethinking Symbolic Racism: Evidence of Attribution Bias.” With Brad T. Gomez. The Journal of  Politics 68 (Aug 2006): 611-625.
  • Cognitive Heterogeneity and Economic Voting: A Comparative Analysis of Four Democratic Electorates.” With Brad T. Gomez. American Journal of Political Science 50 (Jan 2006): 127-145.
  • A New Right?: Moral Issues and Partisan Change in Canada.” With Michael Lusztig. Social Science  Quarterly 86 (Mar 2005): 109-128.
  • The Spouse in the House: What Explains the Marriage Gap in Canada?” With Michael Lusztig. Canadian Journal of Political Science 37 (Dec 2004): 979-995.
  • Causal Attribution and Economic Voting in American Congressional Elections.” With Brad T.     Gomez. Political Research Quarterly 56 (Sep 2003): 271-282.
  • Follow the Leader?: Presidential Approval, Presidential Support, and Representatives’ Electoral Fortunes.” With Paul Gronke and Jeffrey Koch. The Journal of Politics 65 (Aug 2003): 785-808.
  • Political Sophistication and Economic Voting in the American Electorate: A Theory of Heterogeneous Attribution.” With Brad T. Gomez. American Journal of Political Science 45 (Oct 2001): 899-914.
  • Concordance and Projection in Citizen Perceptions of Congressional Roll Call Votes.” With Paul Gronke. Legislative Studies Quarterly 25 (Aug 2000): 445-467.
  • Blessed Are the Poor:’ American Protestantism and Attitudes Toward Poverty and Welfare.” Southeastern Political Review 27 (Sep 1999): 421-437.
  • Competing Redistricting Plans as Evidence of Political Motives: The North Carolina Case.”  With Paul Gronke. American Politics Quarterly 27 (Apr 1999): 147-176.