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Matt Grossmann serves as the Director of the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research (IPPSR.) A nationally known political scientist, he also holds a position as Associate Professor of Political Science at Michigan State University.

As an expert on American politics and government, his research spans national and state policymaking, election campaigns, interest groups, and political parties. His current work explores the scope and mechanisms of economic inequalities in policy influence and the missing policy consequences of Republican gains in the American states.

His books include Asymmetric Politics: Ideological Republicans and Group Interest Democrats, published by Oxford University Press in 2016 (and co-authored with David A. Hopkins), Artists of the Possible: Governing Networks and American Policy Change Since 1945, published by Oxford University Press in 2014, and The Not-So-Special Interests: Interest Groups, Public Representation, and American Governance, published by Stanford University Press in 2012.

He is author of numerous journal articles on such topics as policy change, political party networks, the legislative process and public opinion. His research appears in the Journal of Politics, Policy Studies Journal, Perspectives on Politics, American Politics Research and other outlets. He is also co-author of Campaigns & Elections, a textbook available through W. W. Norton, and editor of the volume New Directions in Interest Group Politics, from Routledge. He also writes for blogs and popular media.

His roots are also deep in practical politics, especially in candidate training, policy and survey research. His experience includes work at the Rose Institute of State and Local Government, the Institute of Governmental Studies, the Center for Voting and Democracy and the Center for Democracy and Technology. He served as a fellow for the Sunlight Foundation and co-authored a book for use in campaign leadership institutes.

A member of MSU’s faculty since 2007, he is founder and director of the Michigan Policy Network and served as liaison to MSU’s Washington Semester Program.

In his first year at IPPSR, Matt expanded the affiliated faculty from 3 to 62, built a student policy fellows program employing 20 graduate and undergraduate students, expanded the number of public forums, revamped the website, created a policy-relevant research search engine, launched the Correlates of State Policy online database, initiated new candidate recruitment experiments, and demonstrated the success of MPLP. He also designed a new online survey panel of political insiders, established a new training program for legislative staff, and transformed an internship award into a leadership certification for legislative interns. He also helped increase external funding, including a large new grant from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation and a revamped MPLP fundraising model.

He received his bachelor’s degree from Claremont McKenna College, his master’s in political science in 2002 and doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2007. He became IPPSR director in January 2016. Matt is available by phone (517) 355-6672, by email at grossm63 at, on Twitter @mattgrossmann and at


Douglas B. Roberts, Ph.D., Director Emeritus

Douglas Roberts serves as the Director of the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research (IPPSR) at Michigan State University. He holds more than 28 years of experience in Michigan government, including 10 years as state treasurer, time as director of the Senate Fiscal Agency, deputy superintendent of the Department of Education, deputy director of the Department of Management and Budget (DMB) and acting director of DMB. He played a major role in the creation and adoption of what is now called "Proposal A." He also served for two years as a vice president with Lockheed Martin IMS. He holds doctorate and master's degrees in economics from MSU and a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Maryland. He has been affiliated with IPPSR since April 2003.