Matthew Motta, PhD
Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Health Law, Policy & Management

PhD, University of Minnesota
BA, Wesleyan University

Pronouns: he/him/his



Welcome! I am an Assistant Professor of Health Law, Policy, & Management at Boston University's School of Public Health.

Previously, I was Assistant Professor of Political Science (American Politics, Research Methods) at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, OK. Before that, I was a Science of Science Communication postdoctoral fellow at the Annenberg Public Policy Center (University of Pennsylvania). I was also based at the Yale Law School, where I was an affiliated postdoctoral scholar at the Cultural Cognition Project.

I received my PhD in Political Science from the University of Minnesota, where I was also a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellow and Doctoral Dissertation Fellow. My research investigates the social and political determinants of anti-science attitudes, and assesses their health policy consequences. I then aim to use insights from this work to devise (and evaluate the effectiveness of) strategic communication efforts to correct health misinformation, and promote vaccine uptake.

Publications listed below are automatically derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and other sources, which might result in incorrect or missing publications. Faculty can login to make corrections and additions.

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  1. Motta M. The pre-political origins and policy consequences of environmental justice concern. Politics Life Sci. 2023 Mar; 41(2):182-199. PMID: 36880544
     
  2. Motta M, Callaghan T, Lunz-Trujillo K, Lockman A. Erroneous Consonance. How inaccurate beliefs about physician opinion influence COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy. Vaccine. 2023 Mar 17; 41(12):2093-2099. PMID: 36822967; PMCID: PMC9939402; DOI: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2023.02.052;
     
  3. Motta M. Is partisan conflict over COVID-19 vaccination eroding support for childhood vaccine mandates? NPJ Vaccines. 2023 Feb 02; 8(1):5. PMID: 36732345; PMCID: PMC9892671; DOI: 10.1038/s41541-023-00611-3;
     
  4. Goidel, Kirby, Timothy Callaghan, David J. Washburn, Tasmiah Nuzhath, Julia Scobee, Abigail Spiegelman, and Matt Motta. Physician Trust in the News Media and Attitudes toward COVID-19. Journal of Health Politics, Policy, & Law. 2022. View Publication
  5. Salil Benegal & Matt Motta. Overconfident, Resentful, and Misinformed: How Racial Animus Motivates Confidence in False Beliefs. Social Science Quarterly. 2022.
  6. Motta M. The Correlates & Public Health Consequences of Prospective Vaccine Hesitancy among Individuals Who Received COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters in the U.S. Vaccines (Basel). 2022 Oct 25; 10(11). PMID: 36366300; PMCID: PMC9698316; DOI: 10.3390/vaccines10111791;
     
  7. Matt Motta. The Correlates & Public Health Consequences of Prospective Vaccine Hesitancy Among Individuals who Received COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters in the U.S. Vaccines. 2022. View Publication
  8. Kobayashi, Yoshiharu, Christopher Howell, Tobias Heinrich, & Matt Motta. Investigating how historical legacies of militarized violence can motivate COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy: Evidence from global dyadic survey. Social Science & Medicine. 2022. View Publication
  9. Kobayashi Y, Howell C, Heinrich T, Motta M. Investigating how historical legacies of militarized violence can motivate COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy: Evidence from global dyadic survey. Soc Sci Med. 2022 Sep 06; 311:115346. PMID: 36108562; PMCID: PMC9446603; DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2022.115346;
     
  10. Sylvester S, Motta M, Trujillo KL, Callaghan T. Vaccinating across the aisle: using co-partisan source cues to encourage COVID-19 vaccine uptake in the ideological right. J Behav Med. 2022 May 11; 1-13.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35543897; PMCID: PMC9092938; DOI: 10.1007/s10865-022-00323-4;
     
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Bar chart showing 56 publications over 8 distinct years, with a maximum of 14 publications in 2020

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2022 General Social Survey 2022 Module Competition: Winner
2021 APSA: Health Politics & Policy: Leonard S. Robins Award (Best Paper)
2021 Vox's The Weeds: Paper of The Week
2021 Module Competition: Most All-Time Reads, Conversation US Author
2020 American Political Science Association: Early Career Scholar Feature
2020 Oklahama State Universe: “Research at a Glance" newsletter feature
2019 Publons: Top Reviewer Award
2019 Oklahoma State University College of Arts and Scientists: "Faculty Scholar Spotlight" feature
2019 United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR): "“PreventionWeb" feature
2018 Elsevier: Atlas Award
In addition to these self-described keywords below, a list of MeSH based concepts is available here.

Health Policy
Misinformation
Health Communication
Public Opinion
Survey Methods
Experimental Design
Public Policy
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