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Matthew Green – Professor


Matthew Green is a professor of politics and an associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies.  He has taught at Catholic University since 2005.

Professor Green teaches a variety of courses in American politics, focusing in particular on political institutions, methods, and the use of political power.  He recently taught a new course on current political events called Politics in the Age of Trump.  He also helped develop and has co-taught the class Washington Past and Present, an interdisciplinary introduction to the city of Washington, D.C. that is unique to Catholic University.

Green has written a number of books and articles about American politics.  His most recent book, Legislative Hardball:  The House Freedom Caucus and the Power of Threat-Making in Congress, was published in 2019 by Cambridge University Press.  He also occasionally blogs for The Monkey Cage and other online forums; his most recent blog posts can be found here.  He also served as president of the National Capital Area Political Science Association for the 2015-16 academic year.

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Recent Publications, Presentations, and Media Appearances


Legislative Hardball:  The House Freedom Caucus and the Power of Threat-Making in Congress.  Cambridge University Press (2019).

Choosing the Leader:  Leadership Elections in the U.S. House of Representatives (with Doug Harris).  Yale University Press (2019).

Living in an Age of Mistrust (ed. with Andrew Yeo).  Routledge Press (2017).

Underdog Politics:  The Minority Party in the U.S. House of Representatives.  Yale University Press (2015).

Washington 101:  An Introduction to the Nation's Capital (with Julie Yarwood, Laura Daughtery, and Maria Mazzenga).  Palgrave Macmillan (2014).

The Speaker of the House:  A Study of Leadership.  Yale University Press (2010).

Select Articles and Chapters in Edited Volumes

"When Reputation Trumps Policy:  Party Productivity Brand and the 2017 Tax Cut and Jobs Act" (with William Deatherage).  The Forum 16:3 (2018).

"Diffusion in Congress:  Social Dynamics of Discharge Petitions" (with Rene Lindstadt and Ryan Vander Wielen).  Political Science Research and Methods 5:3 (2017).

"Keeping the Team Together:  Explaining Party Discipline and Dissent in the U.S. Congress" (with Briana Bee).  From Party and Procedure in the U.S. Congress, 2nd edition, ed. Jacob Straus and Matt Glassman.  Rowman & Littlefield (2016).

"DREAM-ing the American Dream:  The Struggle to Enact the DREAM Act."  From The Latino/a American Dream, ed. Sandra L. Hanson and John Kenneth White.  Texas A&M University Press (2016).

"The Multiple Roots of Party Loyalty:  Explaining Republican Dissent in the U.S. House of Representatives."  Congress and the Presidency 43:1 (2016).  

Select Presentations

"Intraparty Organizations and Policy Influence: The House Freedom Caucus." Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group, U.S. Capitol Building, January 2018.

"Newt Gingrich: Strategic Political Entrepreneur" (with Jeffrey Crouch).  Congress and History Conference, Library of Congress, June 2017.

"Who Shall Be Whip?  Explaining Vote Choice in the 1994 Election for House Republican Whip" (with Doug Harris).  Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, April 2016.

"Choosing the Leader: Explaining Leadership Races in the U.S. House of Representatives" (with Doug Harris).  Georgetown University, October 2015.

"Explaining Vote Choice in the 1965 Race for House Minority Leader."  Presentation at Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, September 2015.

Panel Discussion on Governor Martin O’Malley’s “An Economy with a Human Purpose.” Catholic University of America, November 2014.

Select Media Appearances

Interviewed by the Associated Press and U.S. News and World Report for stories about Nancy Pelosi's influence and campaign to be elected Speaker, December 2018.

Interviewed for a Los Angeles Times story about Democratic candidates distancing themselves from House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, March 22, 2018.

Presented recent research on former Speaker Newt Gingrich that was televised on C-SPAN, June 16, 2017.

Interviewed for a New York Times story about the leadership style of Speaker Paul Ryan.  July 10, 2016.

Interviewed on C-SPAN discussing his book Underdog Politics, December 23, 2015.

Interviewed for a New York Times story about incoming Speaker of the House Paul Ryan.  October 28, 2015.

Interviewed on C-SPAN discussing the history of the speakership, October 18, 2015.

Interviewed by the Wall Street Journal in a story about John Boehner and the challenges of the modern speakership, October 2015.


> Recent blog posts and online commentary

Honors and Appointments

Professor, Department of Politics, The Catholic University of America, 2017 - present.

John C. Donovan Prize for Best Paper Written by a Faculty Member (with Doug Harris), New England Political Science Association, 2015.

President, National Capital Area Political Science Association, 2015 - 16.

Associate Professor, Department of Politics, The Catholic University of America, 2011 - 2017.

Associate Fellow, Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies, 2009 - present.

Assistant Professor, Department of Politics, The Catholic University of America, 2005 - 2011.


> Personal Website

> Curriculum Vitae



Office: 408 Law School
The Catholic University of America
620 Michigan Ave.
Washington, D.C. 20064

Phone: 202-319-5667




  • POL 111 – Intro to American Politics
  • POL 309 -- Politics in the Age of Trump
  • POL 316 – The U.S. Congress
  • POL 413A – Power in American Politics
  • POL 424 – State and Local Politics

  • POL 562 – American Political Development
  • POL 624 – Graduate Seminar on Congress
  • POL 635 – Introduction to Statistical Methods
  • WASH 101 – Washington Past and Present


Yale University 
New Haven, CT – Ph.D., 2004

Yale University 
New Haven, CT – M.A., 1999

U.C. Santa Cruz 
Santa Cruz, CA – B.A., 1992  


Areas of Expertise

  • The U.S. Congress
  • American elections, political institutions, and parties
  • Political leadership
  • Washington, D.C. politics and history

> Personal Website

> Curriculum Vitae