Professor Gabel is the Associate Chair of the Political Science Department. He was a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow from 2010-2011 and a Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy from 1996-1998. He studies a variety of topics relevant to politics in democratic regimes. He currently is working on two NSF-funded research projects focusing on: (a) comparative judicial politics and constitutional review, involving cross-national comparisons as well as the intensive study of the European Court of Justice, and (b) how parties manage (or fail to manage) legislative voting behavior through manipulation of roll-call votes, including parties in national, subnational, and international settings. He has long-standing interest in public opinion and how elites shape mass attitudes. Finally, he collaborates with neurologists and psychiatrists on the study of expert consensus panels (particularly those used to diagnose Alzheimer Disease). He has two recent related articles published in the Archives of Neurology.
Comparative Politics; Legislative; Judicial; Mass Behavior; European Politics; Health Policy
Matthew Gabel, Norman Foster, Judith Heidebrink, Roger Higdon, for the Pilot PET Study Group. 2010. "Validation of Consensus Panel Diagnosis in Dementia," Archives of Neurology, 67 (12): 1506-1512.
Clifford Carrubba, Matthew Gabel, and Charles Hankla. 2008. "Judicial Behavior under Political Constraints," American Political Science Review.
Matthew Gabel and Kenneth Scheve. 2007. "Estimating the Effect of Elite Communications on Public Opinion Using Instrumental Variables," American Journal of Political Science.