Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles


  •  Jansa, J, Matt Motta, & Rebekah Herrick,. You Want the Young Americans to Turn Out and Vote? Difficult of Voter Registration in the United States and Its Impact on Young Voters. Accepted at American Politics Research.

  • Motta, MP., & Dominik Stecula. The Effect of Wakefield et al. (1998) on Skepticism about MMR Vaccine Safety in the U.S. With: Dom Stecula. PLOS ONE. Link.

  • Motta, MP.  Republicans, not Democrats, are More Likely to Endorse Anti-Vaccine Misinformation. Forthcoming at American Politics Research. Link.

  • Smith, BA., Emma Knapp, & Matt Motta. Complementary or Competing Frames? The Impact of Economic and Public Health Messages on COVID-19 Attitudes. Pre-registered study conditionally accepted at Journal of Experimental Political Science. 

  • Motta, MP, Tim Callaghan, Kristin Lunz-Trujillo, & Steven Sylvester. Identifying the Prevalence, Correlates, and Policy Consequences of Anti-Vaccine Social Identity."  Politics, Groups, & Identities. Link.

  • Motta, MP & Paul Goren. Apolitical Values & Compliance with Government Recommended Prosocial Health Behavior. With: Paul Goren. Link. Forthcoming at the Journal of Elections, Public Opinion, & Parties

  • Lunz-Trujillo, K. and Matt Motta. (2021) How Misinformation Access Drives Global Vaccine Skepticism .  International Journal of Public Opinion Research. Link

  • Wynes, S, Matt Motta, & S. Donner. “Understanding the Climate Responsibility Associated with Elections" One Earth (Cell Press).. Link

  • Motta, MP. (2021). Can a COVID-19 Vaccine Live up to Americans' Expectations? A Conjoint Analysis of how Vaccine Characteristics Influence Vaccination Intentions.  LinkSocial Science & Medicine

  • Callaghan, TC.,  Ali Moghtaderi, Jennifer A. Lueck, Peter J. Hotez, Ulrich Strych, Avi Dor, Erika Franklin Fowler, & Matt Motta. (2021) Correlates & Disparities of COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy. LinkSocial Science & Medicine.

  • Motta, Matthew P., Steven Sylvester, Timothy Callaghan, & Kristin Lunz-Trujillo. (2021) "Encouraging COVID-19 Vaccine Uptake Through Effective Health Communication." Special Issue: Frontiers in Political Science -- Politics of Technology. 


  • Motta, MP. (2020). Could Concern about Climate Change Increase Demand for a Lyme Disease Vaccine? Vaccine.Link.

  • Motta, MP. Changing Minds or Changing Samples? (2020). Disentangling Micro-Level Stability and Macro-Level Growth in Anthropogenic Climate Change (ACC) Beliefs.  International Journal of Public Opinion Research. Link.

  • Motta, MP. Political Scientists? A profile of Congressional candidates with STEM backgrounds in 2018. (2020). PS: Political Science & Politics. Link.

  • Motta, MP., Robert Ralston, & Jennifer Spindel. (2020). A Call to Arms? The Opinion Dynamics and Policy Implications of Climate Change Concern in the US Military. Environmental Communication. Link.

  • Motta, MP, & Timothy Callaghan. (2020) The Pervasiveness and Policy Consequences of Medical Folk Wisdom in the U.S. Scientific Reports (Nature Research). Link.

  • Goren, PN. Matt Motta, & Brianna Smith. (2020) The Ideational Foundations of Symbolic Ideology. With Paul Goren and Brianna Smith. Advances in Political Psychology. Link

  • Motta, MP, Dom Stecula, & Christina Farhart. (2020) How Right-Leaning Media Coverage of COVID-19 Facilitated the Spread of Misinformation in the Early Stages of the Pandemic in the U.S. Canadian Journal of Political Science. Link.

  • Goren, PN., Brianna Smith, & Matt Motta. (2020) Basic Human Values and Sophistication Interaction Theory. Political Behavior.  Link.

  • Ralston, R. Matt Motta, & Jen Spindel. (2020) When OK is NOT OK: Public Concern About White Nationalism in the U.S. Military. Armed Forces & Society. Link

  • Motta, MP.  (2020). Applications and Critical Reflections on the VANMaN Taxonomy. Social Science & Medicine. Link

  • Lunz Trujilo, K, Matt Motta, Timothy Callaghan, & Steven Sylvester (2020). Identifying Psychological Risk Factors and Effective Communication Strategies. Political Research Quarterly. Link.

  • Motta, MP, Dan Chapman, Kathryn Haglin, and Dan Kahan. (2020) Reducing the Administrative Demands of the Science Curiosity Scale (SCS): A Validation Study. International Journal of Public Opinion Research. Link.


  • Motta, MP, and Andrew Rohrman. (2019) "Quaking in their Boots? Seismic Risk Perceptions and Preventative Public Policy Inaction" Behavioral Public Policy. Link

  • Callaghan, TC,  Matt Motta, Kristin Lunz-Trujilo, Steven Sylvester, and Christine Blackburn. (2019) Parent Psychology and the Decision to Delay Childhood Vaccination. Social Science & Medicine. Link.

  • Haglin, KH,  Dan Chapman, Matt Motta, and Dan Kahan. (2019) How Localized Outbreaks and Changes in Media Coverage Affect Zika Attitudes in Local & National Contexts. Health Communication. Link.

  • Motta, MP, Daniel Chapman, Dominik Stecula, & Kathryn Haglin. " (2019) An Experimental Examination of Measurement Disparities in Public Climate Change Beliefs." Climatic Change.  Link


  • Motta, MP.  (2018) "The Enduring Effect of Scientific Interest on Trust in Climate Scientists in the U.S." Nature Climate Change. Link

  • Motta, MP. (2018) "The Polarizing Effects of the March for Science on Attitudes Toward Scientists." PS: Political Science & Politics. Link.

  • Motta, MP,  Tim Callaghan, & Steven Sylvester. (2018) "Knowing less but presuming more: Dunning-Kruger effects and the endorsement of anti-vaccine policy attitudes." Social Science & Medicine. Link

  • Motta, MP. (2018) Explaining Science Funding Attitudes in the U.S.: The Case for Science Interest. Public Understanding of Science. Link.


  • Motta, MP. (2017) "The Dynamics and Implications of Anti-Intellectualism in the United States." American Politics Research. Link

  • Luttig, M.D., & Motta, M.P. (2017) "President Obama on the Ballot: Referendum Voting and Racial Spillover in the 2014 Midterm Elections."  Electoral Studies. Link

  • Smith, BA, Murib, Z., Motta, MP, Callaghan, TH, & Theys M. (2017) “Gay or Homosexual? The Implications of Social Category Labels for the Structure of Mass Attitudes."  American Politics Research. Link


  • Motta, MP (2016). What do interviewer intelligence ratings actually measure? Research and Politics, 3(3), 1-10. Link

  • Motta, MP, Callaghan, TH, Smith BA (2016). Looking for Answers: Identifying Search Behavior and Improving Knowledge-Based Data Quality in Online Surveys. International Journal of Public Opinion ResearchLink


Book Chapters & Reviews

  • Motta, MP. (2020) Campaign Advertising & Political Representation in the U.S. in Voting and Political Representation in America: Issues and Trends. 

  • Goren, PN and Motta MP. (2020) “Values and Political Judgment: A New Approach," in At the Forefront of Political Psychology: Essays in Honor of John L. Sullivan

  • Motta, MP. & Fowler, EF (2016). "The Content and Effect of Political Advertising in Campaigns." Oxford Research EncyclopediaLink

  • Book Review of "Uninformed: Why People Seem to Know So Little about Politics and What We Can Do about It." (2016) By Arthur Lupia. New York: Oxford University Press, 2015.: Motta, Matthew, University of Chicago Press,  Journal of Politics, 78(4) E17-E18, 2016. Link