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Matthew J. Geras' Bio

Matthew J. Geras is a political science Ph.D. student and graduate fellow with the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center at the University of Oklahoma. Matt’s research focuses on candidates and competition in congressional elections, the rules and institutions that govern elections, and representation in Congress. His dissertation examines how the rules of state political parties influence who runs for Congress and the outcomes of congressional primary elections. In spring 2019, he was awarded a Nancy Mergler Dissertation Completion Fellowship, which is a university-wide fellowship awarded to doctoral candidates in the final phases of dissertation writing, and allows a student to devote time to completing his/her dissertation. In addition to an active research agenda, Matt has taught Intro to American Federal Government in both a traditional and online setting and U.S. Congress.

Matt has presented his work at several professional conferences including the American Political Science Association annual meeting, the Midwest Political Science Association annual meeting, and the State Politics and Policy Conference. Some of his work has appeared in Political Research Quarterly, Social Science Quarterly, and Congress and the Presidency. He previously earned a B.S. in Political Science at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida and has served as a Congressional Intern for former Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen.


“Gaining Access and Constituent Correspondence in the U.S. Congress” with Michael H. Crespin (Available Online First: Congress and the Presidency)

Geras, Matthew J. 2018. “The Implications of Apportionment on Quality Candidate Emergence and Electoral Competition” Political Research Quarterly 71(2): 467-481.

Hayden, Jessica M., Matthew J. Geras, Michael H. Crespin, and Nathan Gerth. 2017. “Land, Wood, Water, & SPACE: Senator Robert S. Kerr, Congress, and the Space Race to the American Public.” Social Science Quarterly 98(4): 1189-1203.

Anderson, R. Bruce and Zachary Baumann with Matthew J. Geras. 2017. “Florida: The South, Border State, or Wild Frontier?” in New Politics of the Old South: An Introduction to Southern Politics 6th edition, Charles S. Bullock III and Mark J. Rozell ed. Rowman & Littlefield.

Geras, Matthew J. and Michael H. Crespin. “The Effect of Open and Closed Primaries on Voter Turnout” in Routlegde Handbook of Primary Elections. Robert G Boatright (ed.) Forthcoming.

Working Papers:

“Appointees Versus Elected Officials: The Implications of Selection Method on State Gender Representation” with Sarina Rhinehart and Jessica M Hayden

“Diversity and Power: Selection Method and its Impacts on State Executive Descriptive Representation” with Sarina Rhinehart (Invited to revise and resubmit at State Politics & Policy Quarterly)

“Family Guy: An Analysis of Family Dynamics and Congressional Voting Behavior” with H. Benjamin Ashton, III, Sarina Rhinehart, and Charles J. Finocchiaro

Matthew J. Geras
Graduate Fellow
Curriculum Vitae (PDF)