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Michael Motta

Assistant Professor 10 Months Email Memorial Hall
Michael Motta, Ph.D., J.D. is Assistant Professor of Political Science. He teaches, researches, and writes about American politics, alternative energy policy, and Constitutional law. His work has been published in the Review of Policy Research and in Social Science Quarterly. Dr. Motta was recently awarded the 2023 Excellence in Teaching award. He received his Ph.D. from Northeastern University and his J.D. from Boston College Law School.

Courses Taught

Introduction to Legal Studies (POL110), American Politics (POL250), 21st Century Energy Policy (POL330), Constitutional Law and Politics (POL340), Environmental Politics (390) (among others)


  • PhD, Northeastern University, 2015
  • JD, Boston College Law School, 2009
  • BA, Political Science (American Government), Stonehill College, 2006

Certificates & Licensures

  • Admitted to the Bar of Massachusetts (Inactive), Commonwealth of Massachusetts


  • Michael Motta, Diffusion and Typology: the Invention and Early Adoption of Medicinal Marijuana and Offshore Wind Policies, Social Science Quarterly, 102(1) 2020.
  • Michael J. Motta, Triangulating theory and data: Tracing the policy learning and diffusion process, SAGE Research Methods Cases, 2019.
  • Michael J. Motta, Policy Diffusion and Directionality: Tracing Early Adoption of Offshore Wind Policy, The Review of Policy Research, 35(3) 2018.
  • Michael Motta, The Walking Dead or Weekend at Bernie's? How the Public Trust Doctrine Threatens Alternative Energy Development, , 5(2) 2014.
  • Michael Motta(Ed.), , Cities and Sustainability: Critical Concepts in Urban Concepts, : Routledge (2012).
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