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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 

Northeast Asian innovation systems
Environmental and energy policies
Political communication


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 and appointments at the Asiatic Research Institute at Korea University, the East Asia Institute, the Industrial Technology Research Institute, and the Electronics and Telecommunications 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. & Ph.D), and he 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 environmental and energy issues are 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 Energy PolicyThe Pacific Review, Environment & Planning: AAmerican Politics ResearchEnvironmental CommunicationJournal of Information Technology and Politics,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. 

Shapiro is on the editorial boards of East Asian Community ReviewJournal of Contemporary Eastern Asia, and International Journal of Technology Management and Sustainable Development.

Updated publications and CV can be found at

Selected Publications 


Libby Hemphill and Matthew A. Shapiro (forthcoming) “Appealing to the Base or to the Moveable Middle? Incumbents’ Partisan Messaging Before the 2016 U.S. Congressional Elections,” Journal of Information Technology and Politics

Steve Hung Lam Yim, Yefu Gu, Matthew A. Shapiro, and Brent Stephens (forthcoming) “Air Quality and Acid Deposition Impacts of Local Emissions and Transboundary Air Pollution in Japan and South Korea,”  Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics.

Matthew A. Shapiro and Toby Bolsen (2019) “Korean Perceptions of Transboundary Air Pollution and Domestic Coal Development: Two Framing Experiments,” Energy Policy, 126: 333-342.

Matthew A. Shapiro and Toby Bolsen (2018) “Transboundary Air Pollution in South Korea: An Analysis of Media Frames and Public Attitudes and Behavior,” East Asian Community Review,1(3-4): 107-126.

Matthew A. Shapiro, Elizabeth Brunner, and Hui Li (2018) “Strength in Numbers and Voice: An Assessment of the Networking Capacity of Chinese ENGOs,” Journal of Contemporary Eastern Asia, 17(2): 147-175.

Matthew A. Shapiro (2018) “The Triple Helix within the Lithium-Ion Battery Research Network: A Case Study of JCESR,” Translational Materials Research, 5(4): 044001. 

Toby Bolsen and Matthew A. Shapiro (2018) “The U.S. News Media, Polarization on Climate Change, and Pathways to Effective Communication,” Environmental Communication, 12(2): 149-163.

Matthew A. Shapiro and Han Woo Park (2018) “Climate Change and YouTube: Deliberation Potential in Post-Video Discussions,” Environmental Communication, 12(1): 115-131.

Matthew A. Shapiro and Libby Hemphill (2017) “Agenda Building & Indexing: Does the U.S. Congress Direct New York Times Content through Twitter?” Policy & Internet, 9(1): 109-132. 

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.

Matthew A. Shapiro (2014) “Establishing ‘Green Regionalism’: Environmental Technology Generation across East Asia and Beyond,” Journal of Contemporary Eastern Asia, 13(2): 41-56.

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. 

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.

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

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, Toby Bolsen, and Anna McCaghren Fleming (2018) “Communicating about Clean Energy and Efficiency Policies,” in Matthew C. Nisbet, Shirley S. Ho, Ezra Markowitz, Saffron O’Neill, Mike S. Schafer, and Jagdish Thaker’s (Eds) Oxford Encyclopedia of Climate Change Communication, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Seok Kang, Seungahn Nah, and Matthew A. Shapiro (2018) “Political Communication,” in Kyu Ho Youm and Nojin Kwak’s (Eds) Korean Communication, Media, and Culture: An Annotated Bibliography, Lanham: Lexington Books.

Matthew A. Shapiro (2018) “China-Based Air Pollution and Epistemic Community Building in the Northeast Asian Region,” in Michelle Ann Miller, Mike Douglass, and Matthias Garschagen’s (Eds) Crossing Borders: Governing Environmental Disasters in a Global Urban Age in Asia and the Pacific, New York and Heidelberg: Springer. 

Toby Bolsen and Matthew A. Shapiro (2017) “Strategic Framing and Persuasive Messaging to Influence Climate Change Perceptions and Decisions,” in Matthew C. Nisbet, Shirley S. Ho, Ezra Markowitz, Saffron O’Neill, Mike S. Schafer, and Jagdish Thaker’s (Eds) Oxford Encyclopedia of Climate Change Communication, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Matthew A. Shapiro, Libby Hemphill, and Jahna Otterbacher (2017) “Pussyfooting around November? A Longitudinal Analysis of Politicians’ Twitter Use in 2014,” in Tauna S. Sisco, Jennifer C. Lucas, and Christopher J. Galdieri’s (Eds) Political Communication & Strategy: Consequences of the 2014 Midterm Elections, Akron: University of Akron Press.

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, Washington, DC: CQ Press.

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 (2012) “Environmental Legislation in East Asia: Rationale and Significance,” in Zhiqun Zhu’s (Ed.) New Dynamics in East Asian Politics: Security, Political Economy, and Society, New York and London: Continuum International.

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 (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.