Matthew Levendusky is professor of Political Science, as well as the Stephen and Mary Baran Chair in the Institutions of Democracy at the Annenberg Public Policy Center, at the University of Pennsylvania. He also holds a secondary (courtesy) appointment in the Annenberg School for Communication, and serves as the Penny and Robert A. Fox Director of the Fels Institute of Government (2018-2021). He was previously Distinguished Fellow in the Institutions of Democracy at the Annenberg Public Policy Center (2017-2019), as well as graduate group chairperson (2013-2018), associate professor (2013-2018), and assistant professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania (2007-2013), and a postdoctoral research associate at the Center for the Study of American Politics at Yale University (2006-2007). He obtained his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 2006, and his BA (with highest honors) from The Pennsylvania State University in 2001. Since 2014, he has served as a decision desk analyst for NBC News.
His research focuses on understanding how institutions and elites influence the political behavior of ordinary citizens. This broad question is taken up in studies of mass polarization, voter cue taking, the impact of partisan media on ordinary voters, and a variety of other substantive questions.
His most recent book, How Partisan Media Polarize America, was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2013. His previous book, The Partisan Sort, was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2009. His other work has appeared in the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Public Opinion Quarterly, Political Analysis, and other outlets in political science.
His teaching includes courses on public opinion and political behavior, political polarization, voting and elections, Congress, and political methodology.