Matthew Tarpey

I am a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Political Science. My research generally concerns public opinion and how voter-decision making shapes incentives for representation. My dissertation project uses experiments and observational data to identify electoral foundations of party polarization in government. Beyond my dissertation, I am working on several projects related to (1) mass perceptions and voter knowledge of representatives and parties in government (2) intra-party division in the electorate (3) mass opinion related to income inequality and preferences over social welfare and redistributive policy.

Education & Training

  • M.A. Political Science, U. of Pittsburgh (2017)
  • B.S. Economics and Political Science, College of Charleston (2014)

Representative Publications

Ragusa, J. M., & Tarpey, M. (2016). The geographies of economic voting in presidential and congressional elections. Political Science Quarterly, 131(1), 101-132.

Dancey, L., Tarpey, M., & Woon, J. Forthcoming. The Macro-dynamics of Partisan Advantage. Political Research Quarterly.

Research Interest Summary

Mass Politics, Representation, Political Economy, and Political Parties


Area of Study