Matt Lesch

Area(s) of Interest:  Political Sociology, Fiscal Policy, Public Opinion and Experimentation

Biography

Matthew Lesch is a visiting Fulbright Scholar in the Department of Sociology at Northwestern University. He will be defending his Ph.D. dissertation in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto this fall. Matthew also holds an MA from the University of British Columbia and a BA (Hons.) from the University of Western Ontario. His research specializes in the study of comparative public policy. His main research interests include fiscal policy, taxation, environmental policy, policy learning and cognition, policy feedback effects, and policy diffusion. Matthew's current book project stems from research he completed for his dissertation on the politics of consumption tax reform. Drawing on a combination of case studies and survey experiments, the study explores why some general-interest tax policy changes become institutionalized, while others fail to. Matthew's previous research has been published in Regional and Federal Studies, Journal of Canadian Studies, and Journal of Environmental Law and Practice.