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Matthew Lacombe

Program Area(s):  American Politics

Regional Specialization(s):  United States

Dissertation Title:

Beyond Money: The National Rifle Association and Interest Group Power

Dissertation Committee:  Daniel Galvin (Chair), Anthony Chen, Benjamin Page, Jason Seawright

Research Interests: political power; parties; interest groups; the U.S. presidency; American Political Development; inequality and representation; mixed methods; historical institutionalism

I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science at Northwestern University and will be a National Fellow at the University of Virginia's Jefferson Scholars Foundation during the 2018-2019 academic year. I specialize in American politics and political methodology. My research broadly focuses on understanding and explaining political power in the U.S. It engages with interest groups and political parties, social identity and political ideology, the U.S. presidency, inequality and representation, and American political development.

My dissertation uses the case of the National Rifle Association to identify and explain a previously underappreciated source of interest group power. In addition to my dissertation, I am the co-author (with Benjamin Page and Jason Seawright) of Billionaires and Stealth Politics, a forthcoming book that details the political preferences and behavior of U.S. billionaires.

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