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Web page for Matthew Zarit, Ph.D. in Political Science.


I earned my Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh in August 2018. My interests include executive politics, the inner-workings of bureaucracy, government contracting, and institutional legitimacy. My dissertation focused on how organizational hierarchy influences decision-making in the federal bureaucracy. I have one co-authored paper in American Politics Research, and two papers under review.

I previously worked as the Manager of Employee Evaluation for the Pittsburgh Public Schools, and as a Consultant for Deloitte Consulting and BearingPoint. As a contractor, I worked with government clients at the state and federal level. I also hold a Master of Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Policy Studies from Syracuse University.