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Matt Hindman, PhD

Matt Hindman, PhD
Assistant Professor of Political Science
College of Arts & Sciences
Political Science
918-631-3261 Chapman Hall Room 211


PhD – University of Minnesota-Twin Cities MA – Illinois State University BA – Illinois State University


Matthew Hindman's research interests include group politics, democratic theory, LGBT politics, political parties, and American political development. He is currently working on a book manuscript titled Interested Citizens: LGBT Advocacy from the Closet to K Street, which confronts a defining paradox of American pluralism: At a time when Washington has witnessed a surge in the number and influence of advocacy organizations seeking to empower new social groups, Americans have also witnessed the rise of a "New Gilded Age" and, with it, increasingly plutocratic trends. Focusing on LGBT organizing as an exemplar of broader trends in American advocacy, his book project argues that a central feature of modern political life is the mobilization of "interested citizens." In short, interested citizens are those who are willing to accept the inegalitarian features of contemporary American governance in order to take advantage of the limited opportunities for participation, inclusion, and progress available to historically-marginalized groups.

Research Interests

Political Advocacy
Political Representation
Democratic Theory
LGBTQ Politics
American Political Development


  • Review of Punishment, Participatory Democracy, and the Jury, Albert Dzur, Law and Politics Book Review 23:8 (2013), pp. 393-396.

  • Review of Queer Mobilizations: LGBT Activists Confront the Law, Mary Bernstein, et. al., eds., Law and Politics Book Review, 21:1 (2011), pp. 22-25.

  • With Bernard Ivan Tamas. “Ballot Access Laws and the Decline of American Third-Parties,” Election Law Journal 13:2 (June 2014), pp. 260-276.

  • “Rethinking Intersectionality: Towards an Understanding of Discursive Marginalization,” New Political Science 33:2 (June 2011), pp. 189-210.

  • Hindman, Matthew. “How Citizens United Has Changed the Political Landscape.” (2015): n. pag. Print.

Courses Taught

  • American Political Parties and Ideologies
  • Gender and Sexuality in U.S. Politics
  • Independent Study
  • Senior Project
  • The American Presidency

Awards & Honors

  • Illinois State University Charter Department Outstanding Graduate Student Award
  • Illinois State University Presidential Scholarship
  • Thomas More Scholarship in Political Theory