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Matthew A. Shapiro

Matthew A. Shapiro, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Political Science



Siegel Hall 116C


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

Research Interests 

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


Matthew A. Shapiro is an associate professor of political science, a research affiliate at Argonne National Laboratory's Joint Center for Energy Storage Research, and has held research fellowships at the East Asia Institute and the Asiatic Research Institute. 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. and 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.

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 political economy.

Shapiro’s work has been published in The Pacific ReviewAmerican Politics Research, Environment & Planning: AEnvironmental Communication, International Journal of Public Policy, and Scientometrics among others. He teaches courses in innovation policy, energy policy, East Asian political economy, research methods, and the politics of science and technology for the Department of Social Sciences. Publications and CV can be found at

Selected Publications 

Toby Bolsen and Matthew A. Shapiro (2017) "The U.S. News Media, Polarization on Climate Change, and Pathways to Effective Communication," Environmental CommunicationDOI: 10.1080/17524032.2017.1397039

Matthew A. Shapiro and Han Woo Park (2017) "Climate Change and YouTube: Deliberation Potential in Post-video Deliberations," Environmental CommunicationDOI: 10.1080/17524032.2017.1289108

Matthew A. Shapiro and Libby Hemphill (2017) "Politicians and the Policy Agenda: Does Use of Twitter by the U.S. Congress Direct New York Times Content?" Policy & Internet. 9(1): 109-132. DOI: 10.1002/poi3.120

Matthew A. Shapiro and Daniel Bliss (2016) "Rewards and Consequences: Redistricting on the Chicago City Council," Local Government Studies, 42(1): 139-163. DOI: 10.1080/03003930.2015.1084926

Matthew A. Shapiro and Han Woo Park (2015) "More Than Entertainment: YouTube and Public Responses to the Science of Global Warming and Climate Change," Social Science Information, 54(1): 115-145. DOI: 10.1177/0539018414554730

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. DOI: 10.1080/09512748.2013.788067

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. DOI: 10.1177/1532673X13484173

Matthew Haigh and Matthew A. Shapiro (2013) "Do Environmental Policy Instruments Influence Fiduciaries' Decisions?" Environment & Planning A, 45(4): 853-871. DOI: 10.1068/a45181

Libby Hemphill, Jahna Otterbacher, and Matthew A. Shapiro (2013) “What’s Congress Doing on Twitter?” Proceedings of the 2013 ACM conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, CSCW, New York: ACM Press. DOI: 10.1145/2441776.2441876

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. DOI: 10.1504/IJPP.2012.048715

Matthew A. Shapiro (2012) "Receiving Information at Korean and Taiwanese Universities, Industry, and GRIs," Scientometrics, 90(1): 289-309. DOI: 10.1007/s11192-011-0501-z

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. DOI: 10.1007/s11192-011-0498-3

Matthew Haigh and Matthew A. Shapiro (2012) “Carbon Reporting: Does It Matter?” Accounting, Auditing, and Accountability Journal, 25(1): 105-125. DOI: 10.1108/09513571211191761

Matthew A. Shapiro and Keenan Gottschall (2011) “Northeast Asian Environmentalism: Policies as a Function of ENGOs,” Asian Politics and Policy, 3(4): 551-567. DOI: 10.1111/j.1943-0787.2011.01293.x

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. DOI: 10.1080/09537325.2010.511158

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

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. DOI: 10.1386/ijtm.6.3.171_1