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Professor Matland is the Helen Houlahan Rigali Chair in Political Science. Professor Matland's work crosses several fields, including public policy, comparative politics, and American politics. His work emphasizes a comparative institutions approach, looking at how different institutions for aggregating preferences can lead to different policy outcomes. His work includes a number of articles looking at the effect of electoral systems on women's representation in legislatures. He has also done work on policy implementation, on school choice programs in the United States and theories of distributive justice. Professor Matland's work has been published in the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, Social Science Quarterly, Canadian Journal of Political Science, as well as many other journals and books. He is co-editor of the Oxford University Press book Women's Access to Political Power in Post-Communist Europe.