Matthew Dean Hindman
My research interests include interest groups and social movements, democratic theory, LGBT politics, and political parties. I am currently working on a book manuscript titled Interested Citizens, which confronts a defining question of American pluralism today: 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. My project addresses this paradox by exploring the development of the American advocacy system—and in particular, the developing nature of interest group representation—since the 1960s. Focusing on LGBT organizing as an exemplar of broader trends in American advocacy, I argue 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.
Education and Degrees Earned
- Ph.D. University of Minnesota (’13)
- MA: Illinois State University (’06)
- BA: Illinois State University (’04)
Previous Teaching Experience
- Linfield College (2012-2013)