Matthew Lacombe

Matthew Lacombe

Alexander P. Lamis Associate Professor in American Politics, Barnard College
Chapter Member: Central Ohio SSN

About Matthew

Lacombe's research focuses on understanding and explaining political power in the U.S. It engages with interest groups and political parties, social identity and political ideology, inequality and representation, and American political development. Lacombe is the author of Firepower: How the NRA Turned Gun Owners into a Political Force and co-author of Billionaires and Stealth Politics.

In the News

Opinion: "Trump is at the NRA Today. It Didn’t Used to be a Republican Ally.," Matthew Lacombe, The Washington Post, April 26, 2019.


"Billionaires and Stealth Politics" (with Benjamin I. Page and Jason Seawright) (University of Chicago Press, 2018).

Identifies and describes nearly all public stances taken by the 100 wealthiest American billionaires on important economic and social issues over an approximately 10 year period. Argues that these billionaires engage in what can be described as "stealth politics": they are exceptionally politically active, but strategically hide their political activities when their views differ from those of average citizens. 

"The Political Weaponization of Gun Owners: The NRA's Cultivation, Dissemination, and Use of a Group Social Identity" Journal of Politics (forthcoming).

Documents the National Rifle Association's long-term cultivation and dissemination of a distinct, politicized gun owner social identity, which the National Rife Association uses to mobilize mass political action on its behalf.