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Matthew A. Shapiro

Matthew A. Shapiro, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Political Science







Siegel Hall 116 C


Ph.D., University of Southern California, Political Economy and Public Policy (2008)
M.A., University of Southern California, Economics (2006)
M.A., Yonsei University, Korean Studies (2001)
B.A., University of California-San Diego, Political Science (1994)

Research Interests 

National innovation systems with special focus on Northeast Asia
Environmental and energy policies
Politics of science and technology


Dr. Matthew A. Shapiro is an Associate Professor of Political Science and an East Asia Institute Fellow. He was trained in political science, economics, and public policy at the University of California at San Diego (B.A.) and the University of Southern California (M.A. & Ph.D). He also earned an M.A. in Korean Studies at Yonsei University’s Graduate School of International Studies in Seoul, having won a Woojung Scholarship to study there.

Dr. Shapiro’s published and ongoing research lies at the intersection between economics and public policy. More specifically, he attempts to understand how national innovation systems are formed and contribute to sustainable development, how climate change is addressed and impacted by relevant policies and political forces, and how communications from politicians, scientists, and the media impact both of these areas. In political science, these concerns fall under the purview of science, technology, and environmental politics (STEP), information technology and politics (ITP), and East Asian politics.

Dr. Shapiro’s work has been published in The Pacific Review, American Politics Research, Environment & Planning, International Journal of Public Policy, and Scientometrics among others. He teaches courses in research methods, public policy, political economy, and Asian politics for the Department of Social Sciences. More information can be found at

Selected Publications 

Matthew A. Shapiro (2014) “Recycling: The Politics, the Science, and the Technology,” in Brent S. Steel’s (Ed.) Science and Politics: An A-to-Z Guide to Issues and Controversies, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Matthew A. Shapiro (2014) “Regionalism’s Challenge to the Pollution Haven Hypothesis: A Study of Northeast Asia and China,” The Pacific Review, 27(1): 27-47.

Toby Bolsen, Thomas J. Leeper, and Matthew A. Shapiro (2014) “Doing What Others Do: Norms, Science, and Collective Action on Global Warming,” American Politics Research, 42(1): 65-89.

Matthew Haigh and Matthew A. Shapiro (2013) “Do Environmental Policy Instruments Influence Fiduciaries’ Decisions?” Environment & Planning A, 45(4): 853-871.

Jahna Otterbacher, Matthew A. Shapiro, and Libby Hemphill (2013) “Interacting or Just Acting? A Case Study of European, Korean, and American Politicians’ Interactions with the Public on Twitter,” Journal of Contemporary Eastern Asia, 12(1): 5-20.

Matthew A. Shapiro and Jeffrey B. Nugent (2012) “Institutions and the Sources of Innovation: The Determinants and Effects of International R&D Collaboration,” International Journal of Public Policy, 8(4-6): 230-250.

Matthew A. Shapiro (2012) “Receiving Information at Korean and Taiwanese Universities, Industry, and GRIs,” Scientometrics, 90(1): 289-309.

Matthew A. Shapiro and with Han Woo Park (2012) “Regional Development in South Korea: Accounting for Research Area in Centrality and Networks,” Scientometrics, 90(1): 271-287.

Matthew Haigh and Matthew A. Shapiro (2012) “Carbon Reporting: Does It Matter?” Accounting, Auditing, and Accountability Journal, 25(1): 105-125.

Matthew A. Shapiro (2012) “Long-Run Protection: Determining Key Features of Growth and Sustainability in Northeast Asia,” in Jorg Mahlich and Werner Pascha’s (Eds) Korean Science and Technology in an International Perspective, New York and Heidelberg: Springer.

Matthew A. Shapiro and Keenan Gottschall (2011) “Northeast Asian Environmentalism: Policies as a Function of ENGOs,” Asian Politics and Policy, 3(4): 551-567.

Matthew A. Shapiro (2011) “The Triple Helix Paradigm in Korea and Taiwan: A Test for New Forms of Capital,” in Mohammed Saad and Girma Zawdie’s (Eds) Theory and Practice of the Triple Helix Model in Developing Countries, New York: Routledge.

Matthew A. Shapiro, Han Woo Park, and Min-Ho So (2010) “Quantifying the National Innovation System: Inter-regional Collaboration Networks in South Korea,” Technology Analysis and Strategic Management, 22(7): 845-857.

Matthew A. Shapiro (2009) “Korea’s Environmental Sustainability Leadership in East Asia and Beyond,” Korea Observer 40(4): 735-762.

Matthew A. Shapiro (2008) “The Triple Helix Paradigm in Korea: A Test for New Forms of Capital,” International Journal of Technology Management and Sustainable Development 6(3) 171-191.

Matthew A. Shapiro (2007) “Public-Private R&D Collaboration in Korea: A Survey of Public Sector Institutes,” in Jorg Mahlich and Werner Pascha’s (Eds) Technology and Innovation in Korea, New York and Heidelberg: Springer.