Published: Feb. 17, 2011

Faculty conversations: Matt Grossmann

Contact(s): Meghan Spork University Relations Student Writer cell: (248) 250-3743

Matt Grossmann developed the Michigan Policy Network in October 2008 to better inform the public about state policy issues.

Grossmann, assistant professor in the Department of Political Science, with the help of undergraduate students, works to provide what he calls “light research on current state policy.”

“We try to be partway in between a news source and a research operation,” Grossmann said.

Grossmann brings the same focus on current policy into the classroom. He teaches classes on the politics of the policy process, campaigns and elections and political parties and interest groups.

“The fun thing about most of my courses is that they have a current events focus, so we can talk about what’s going on now at the federal and the state level, while we are discussing broader theoretical concepts about how these different actors behave,” he said.

Grossmann is currently working on a project that looks into the history of federal policy change. He is also working on research regarding interest groups, their influence and mobilization, as well as when and how lobbyists influence legislators.