Matthew Hall is an Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame. He specializes in American political institutions with an emphasis on judicial behavior and policy implementation. His book, The Nature of Supreme Court Power (Cambridge University Press, 2011), won the C. Herman Pritchett Award for Best Book on Law and Courts from the American Political Science Association. He has also published numerous articles in leading journals, including the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of PoliticsPolitical AnalysisPublic Opinion Quarterly, and the Journal of Law and Courts. He is currently pursuing a variety of research projects, including (1) the role of personality traits in shaping judicial behavior and (2) the influence of institutional design on representation in the American states.