Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles


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

  • 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." Forthcoming at Politics, Groups, & Identities

  • 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

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

  • 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