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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, which won the 2019 APSA George C. Edwards III award for dissertation research on the presidency, 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.