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- A.B., University of Chicago, 2006
- Ph.D., University of Illinois, 2013
Matthew Hayes's research and teaching interests focus on political behavior and racial and ethnic politics with a particular interest in issues of representation and how institutions can shape individual political behavior. His current research investigates how citizens evaluate representation and whether substantive and descriptive representation can maximize satisfaction both for minorities and whites. In addition to his primary research in race and representation, Professor Hayes has also conducted research examining the role of personality in shaping political attitudes and behaviors using survey data from across Latin and North America. Professor Hayes received his A.B. from the University of Chicago in 2006 and his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2012.