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Matthew Green

Matthew Green, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

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• The U.S. Congress
• Parties in Congress
• Leadership in Congress
• Congressional Elections
• American Political Parties
• Washington D.C. Politics
• Washington D.C. History

Department: Politics
School: Arts and Sciences

Media Appearances

  • January 19, 2017

    Washington Post

    Green comments on politicians skipping the inauguration.

  • November 18, 2016

    The Washington Post

    Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan announced yesterday that he would challenge Nancy Pelosi as House minority leader. This was not entirely surprising: Many had speculated that Ryan would run after elections to the party’s top leadership posts were unexpectedly delayed. But does Ryan have a chance at winning? History suggests that his odds of success are low. Contested elections against incumbent party leaders are seldom successful. Of the 23 that have taken place since 1960, only six succeeded. (Five were in the GOP, which has historically been more prone to revolt.) No top House party leader has been ousted in a contested election in over five decades.

  • November 10, 2016

    National Catholic Reporter

    Matthew Green, who teaches politics at The Catholic University of America, is cautious about making predictions. "With Trump's victory, we are entering uncharted territory. Never before in our history have we elected a president with no experience in either elected government or military leadership," he said.

  • November 3, 2016


    ...Of course, Ryan won’t go easily. There’s a reason modern overthrows of sitting speakers are virtually nonexistent. For starters, they usually voluntarily step down before it gets nasty, says Catholic University of America political scientist Matthew Green, author of The Speaker of the House: A Study of Leadership. Indeed, incumbent leaders have a lot of advantages, including the allies they’ve fundraised for — and Ryan helped raise $30 million for Republicans this cycle, a record for a sitting speaker and nearly triple that raised by his predecessor, John Boehner, during the 2014 midterms...

  • November 1, 2016

    Wallet Hub

    Civic participation is a key ingredient of a well-functioning democracy, and voter turnout is one measure of the public’s trust in government. But there’s evidence to suggest a growing lack of political engagement among Americans...

  • October 7, 2016

    National Catholic Register

    However, Matthew Green, a political science professor at The Catholic University of America in Washington, cautioned that no legislative abortion-related agendas by either Clinton or Trump are likely to get far under the current rules of the Senate.

  • August 31, 2016

    The Pilot

    “It’s another data point that shows how difficult it’s going to be for Trump to win in November,” Dr. Matthew Green, a politics professor at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., said of the poll numbers. “It’s increasingly looking dire for the Trump campaign.”

  • June 30, 2016

    The Washington Post

    ... New Columbia makes no sense to D.C. expert Matthew Green, an associate professor of politics at Catholic University. “It’s hard to come up with a name that would honor the city’s political, living and symbolic dimensions equally,” Green said. “Proposals that use the name Frederick Douglass, like ‘Douglass Commonwealth,’ come close, insofar as he was an important political figure, a prominent member of the city’s African American community and a symbol of abolitionism.” ...

  • June 23, 2016

    Monkey Cage blog

    Though some of what transpired yesterday was unprecedented, it is not the first time that members of the minority party have refused to leave the House chamber. In my recent book on the House minority party, I describe two other such occupations. In late 1995, Democrats stayed on the floor for several hours to protest Republicans’ effort to force President Bill Clinton to sign their budget bills. In 2008, Republicans spent the August recess delivering speeches in favor of expanded oil drilling legislation.

  • May 11, 2016

    U.S. News

    ... "There's always been an expectation that party leaders support their presidential nominee," says Green. "It's a big reason why some Republicans are behind Trump even if it puts them in electoral danger or compromises their core principles." ...

  • April 28, 2016

    Catholic News Service (via Catholic Philly)

    Matthew Green, assistant professor of political scientist at The Catholic University of America and another symposium speaker, said that could explain the appeal of Republican billionaire Donald Trump and, to a lesser extent, avowed democratic socialist Bernie Sanders — candidates who have positioned themselves as outside the political mainstream.

  • October 8, 2015

    Roll Call

    “The House has operated without a speaker, but to my recollection it has never had an ‘interim’ speaker,” Matthew Green, associate professor of politics at The Catholic University of America and author of “The Speaker of the House: A Study in Leadership,” told CQ Roll Call of the seemingly unprecedented push to elevate somebody — anybody — to the top office in the chamber.

  • October 8, 2015

    Roll Call

    Matthew N. Green, a politics professor at Catholic University of America and author of a study of the speakership, said the 1923 speaker’s battle resembles the scenario the House faces now, with many Republicans demanding procedural changes to open the legislative process and to curb top-down decision-making. In the 1923 case, Green said, “a faction within the ruling Republican Party (Progressive Republicans) refused to support the party's nominee for speaker on the House floor. After multiple ballots, GOP leaders granted progressives some concessions (most notably, lowering the signature threshold for discharge petitions) in exchange for their votes for speaker,” he said.

  • October 8, 2015


    There also just aren't that many moderate Democrats left. "The Blue Dog Caucus is pretty small right now," Catholic University's Matthew Green, author of The Speaker of the House: A Study of Leadership, says. "Keep in mind that Pelosi has done a good job keeping those folks loyal to her. For them to decide to defect would be a pretty big deal. They're not nearly as unhappy with their leadership as the [right-wing Republican] Freedom Caucus is unhappy with their leadership."

  • April 20, 2015

    New Books in Political Science

    Audio interview with Green on "Underdog Politics: The Minority Party in the U.S. House of Representatives."

  • March 2, 2015

    Washington Post

    "There is no doubt that the internal divisions of the House GOP are substantial and consequential, and they are likely to cause party leaders more headaches in the months ahead. But if governing continues to be a challenge for the majority Republicans, we shouldn’t forget to credit — or, depending on your point of view, blame — the minority Democrats, too."

  • January 6, 2015

    Catholic News Agency

    Green was interviewed about the religion of lawmakers in Congress.

  • December 30, 2014

    National Catholic Register

    Green was quoted on the voting habits of southern voters.

  • November 28, 2014


    Green was quoted in a story on the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri.

  • November 13, 2014

    Pekin Daily Times

    Green was quoted in an op-ed on the midterm elections.

  • November 4, 2014

    Catholic News Agency

    Green talked about the Catholic Vote.

  • October 22, 2014

    EWTN News Nightly

    Green was interviewed on midterm elections.

  • October 13, 2014

    National Catholic Reporter

    Green was quoted in a story on mid-term elections.

  • October 6, 2014

    Washington Post

    A Post column discussed Green's book "Washington 101."

  • October 2, 2014


    Green was quoted in a story on midterm elections and the economy.

  • August 19, 2014

    National Catholic Reporter

    Green was quoted in a story on the GOP in the Senate.

  • February 18, 2014

    C-SPAN's BookTV

    Green discussed his book, "Speaker of the House."

  • January 30, 2014


    The Chicago Tribune ran a Reuters story in which Green included among analysis on the State of the Union.

  • October 4, 2013

    The Washington Post

    Green's blog "The 5 Species of House Republicans" was published in the Post's The Monkey Cage. It was also linked in an opinion piece on


  • 2014

    Washington 101

    Washington, DC is much more than a city of politicians, cherry blossoms, and national landmarks. Washington 101 offers a comprehensive academic introduction to the richness and diversity of the nation's capital. Each of the book's ten chapters explores key features of Washington from both past and present perspectives that make it unique as a symbolic city, a political city, and as a living city. Topics covered in the book include Washington's urban design and architecture, its memorials and museums, local and national politics, the regional economy, and the neighborhoods and people of the city and surrounding suburbs. This book draws upon a variety of intellectual approaches and a wealth of academic research to explain Washington in a manner that is clear, accessible, and engaging.

  • 2013

    Underdog Politics

    In the first comprehensive study of the subject in decades, Green disputes the conventional belief that the minority party in the U.S. House of Representatives is an unimportant political player. Published by Yale University Press

  • 2010

    Speaker of the House: A Study of Leadership

    Yale Press. A study of how and why speakers since the 1940s have exercised legislative influence in Congress

  • 2007

    Goal Salience and the 2006 Race for House Majority Leader

    A study of the reasons why lawmakers chose to support a candidate running for Democratic majority leader in 2006; also an explanation for why Nancy Pelosi chose to support John Murtha’s candidacy despite his poor chances of winning.

Previous Experience
Green worked as a congressional aide from 1995 to 1998

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