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Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles


  • Motta, Matthew P. (2024). "The Promises and Pitfalls of Conjoint Experimentation for Studying Public Sentiment Toward Vaccines in Development." Conditionally Accepted at Sage Research Methods.

  • Pacheco, Juliana, Sarah Gollust, Timothy Callaghan, & Matt Motta. "Let’s Party!  A Call for the Use of Partisanship in Population Health Research." American Journal of Public Health. 

  • Kobayashi, Yoshiharu, Tobias Henrich, & Matt Motta. (2024). Which foreign vaccine should the government purchase in a pandemic? Evidence from a survey experiment in the United States. Social Science & Medicine.

  • Motta, Matthew P., Yuning Liu, & Amanda Yarnell. (2024). ``Influencing the Influencers: A Field Experimental Approach to Promoting Effective Mental Health Communication on TikTok." LinkScientific Reports. 


  • Callaghan, Timothy, H., Alva O. Ferdinand, Matthew Motta, Alee Lockman, Aakriti Shrestha & Krissy Lunz-Trujillo. (2023). ``Public Attitudes, Inequities, & Polarization in the Launch of the 988 Lifeline." The Journal of Health Politics, Policy, & Law 

  • Motta, Matthew P., Dominik Stecula, & Juwon Hwang. What Goes Down Must Come Up? Exploiting Natural Variation in Facebook Service Availability to Study Pandemic Misinformation Search Behavior on Other Platforms. Link Health Communication. 

  • Goidel, Kirby, Timothy Callaghan, Tasmiah Nuzhath, Julia Scobee, David Washburn, & Matt Motta. (2023) Professional Partisans? How Partisan vs. Professional Identities Influence Physicians’ Perceptions of COVID-19 Policy Response? Forthcoming at State Politics & Policy Quarterly

  • Motta, Matthew P., Gabriella Motta, & Dominik Stecula. (2022). ``Sick as a Dog? The Prevalence, Correlates, and Health Policy Consequences of Canine Vaccine Hesitancy (CVH)." LinkVaccine

  • Webster, Steven, Adam Glynn, & Matt Motta. (2023). Partisan Schadenfreude and the Demand for Candidate Cruelty. LinkPolitical Psychology. 

  • Lunz-Trujillo, Kristin, Jon Green, Alauna Safarpour, David Lazer, Jennifer Lin, & Matt Motta. Covid-19 Spillover Effects onto General Vaccine Attitudes. Forthcoming at Public Opinion Quarterly

  • Motta, Matt, & Salil Benegal. How Pandemic-Related Changes in Global Attitudes Toward the Scientific Community Shape "Post-Pandemic" Environmental Opinion. Public Understanding of Science.

  • Motta, Matt, Kristin Lunz-Trujillo, & Timothy Callaghan. “The CDC Won’t Let Me Be.” The Opinion Dynamics of Support for Health Agencies’ Regulatory Authority.Forthcoming at Journal of Health Politics, Policy, & Law.

  • Motta, Matt, Timothy Callaghan, Kristin Lunz-Trujillo, & Alee Lockman. (2023). Erroneous Consonance. How Inaccurate Beliefs about Physician Opinion Influence COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy. Vaccine

  • Motta, Matt. (2023). Is Partisan Conflict Over COVID-19 Eroding Support for Childhood Vaccine Mandates? npj Vaccines (Nature Partner Journal).


  • Motta, Matt. (2022). Is Cancer Treatment Immune from Partisan Polarization? How Partisan Identity Motivates Opposition to Preventative Cancer Vaccination in the U.S. Link The Journal of Elections, Public Opinion, & Parties.  

  • Motta, Matt. (2022). The Correlates & Public Health Consequences of Prospective Vaccine Hesitancy Among Individuals who Received COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters in the U.S. Vaccines. Link

  • Benegal, Salil & Matt Motta. (2022). Overconfident, Resentful, and Misinformed: How Racial Animus Motivates Confidence in False Beliefs. Accepted at Social Science Quarterly. Link

  • Kobayashi, Yoshiharu, Tobias Heinrich, Christopher Howell, & Matt Motta. (2022). Militarized Violence Reduces Willingness to Take a COVID-19 Vaccine: Evidence from Global Dyadic Survey. With: Yoshiharu Kobayashi, Christopher Howell, and Tobias Heinrich. Social Science & Medicine. 

  • Goidel, Kirby, Timothy Callaghan, David Washburn, Tasmiah Nuzhath, Julia Scobee, Abigail Spiegelman, & Matt Motta. (2022). “Physician Trust in the News Media & Attitudes Toward COVID-19." The Journal of Health Politics, Policy, & Law.

  • Sylvester, Steven., Matthew Motta, Kristin Lunz-Trujillo, & Timothy Callaghan. Vaccinating Across the Aisle: Using Co-Partisan Source Cues to Encourage COVID-19 Vaccine Uptake on the Ideological Right. (2022). The Journal of Behavioral Medicine.

  • Callaghan, T.H., David Washburn, Kirby Goidel, Tasmiah Nuzhath,  Abigail Spiegelman, Julia Scobee, Ali Mogthaderi,  & Matthew Motta. (2022). Vaccine Confidence Among Primary Care Physicians during the COVID-19 Pandemic in the U.S. (with Tim Callaghan et al. ). Vaccine. Link.

  • Stecula, D., Matthew Motta, Ozan Kuru, & Kathleen Hall Jamieson. (2022). The Great and Powerful (Dr.) Oz? Alternative Medical Media Consumption & Anti-Vaccine Views in the United States. The Journal of Communication. Link.

  • Motta, MP. (2022). The Pre-Political Origins & Policy Consequences of Environmental Justice Concern. Politics & the Life Sciences. 


  • Jansa, J, Matt Motta, & Rebekah Herrick. Finding DORI: Using Item Response Theory to Measure Difficulty of Registration in the US and Its Impact on Voters (2021). American Politics Research. Link.

  • 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. (2021). 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. (2021). “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, Matt & Jack Ferdman. (2024). "Vaccine Politics & Policymaking in the United States." Invited textbook chapter for Health Politics & Policy, Sixth Edition. Cengage. Forthcoming.

  • 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

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