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First Public Policy and Administration Ph.D. Graduate Joins Idaho Policy Institute

By: Cienna Madrid   Published 10:14 am / January 4, 2017

Portrait of Matthew May in the Capitol BuildingRecent doctoral graduate Matthew May has joined the university’s new Idaho Policy Institute as a post-doctoral associate. May was part of the Public Policy and Administration program’s inaugural Ph.D. cohort and the first to complete this degree at Boise State.

“We are excited to have Dr. Matthew May join the Idaho Policy Institute,” said Greg Hill, director of the Idaho Policy Institute. “Matthew’s skill as a researcher and policy analyst has been evident since I first met him as a MPA student. He has already proven to be a great addition to the institute and we look forward to working with him.”

During his graduate studies, May frequently served as a research assistant to faculty members, assisting in research on a variety of topics including network management, workplace aggression, public policy surveys, participatory budgeting, municipal rainy-day funds, county-level strategic planning, legislative turnover and electoral policy. He also interned with both the Idaho Senate and the Idaho Lieutenant Governor’s Office, providing policy research to elected officials.

In addition, May co-authored a chapter in “Reapportionment and Redistricting in the West” with Gary F. Moncrief, comparing the redistricting processes in 10 western states. He also has served as journal manager for The Social Science Journal.

May is from Eagle and has long been interested in elections, electoral policy and the legislative process. His dissertation research, which was featured in Focus magazine, explored the implications of Idaho changing from an open primary system to a closed primary system, and how exposing the partisan preferences of the professional bureaucracy affected their relationship with public policymakers.

May also holds a bachelor of arts in political science and a master of public administration, both from Boise State University.