Matthew Bolton is assistant professor of political science at Pace University in New York City. He has worked as an academic, aid worker and a freelance journalist in 15 countries. He has a PhD in government from the London School of Economics, in which he researched the politics of foreign aid for demining in Afghanistan, Bosnia and Sudan.
In 2010, he led Outreach International’s emergency humanitarian response to the earthquake in Haiti, overseeing a program of support to over 50 primary schools. He has also worked as an aid worker in Iraq, Kenya, Uganda, the Philippines, Bolivia, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic.
Matthew has published widely on issues of conflict, disarmament, humanitarianism and social justice. He wrote weekly columns on international issues for The Examiner (Independence, Missouri) for eight years, reporting from the conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kosovo, Israel and Sudan/South Sudan. Learn about his book, Foreign Aid and Landmine Clearance, here.
Matthew grew up in Leicester, England, but is a dual US and UK citizen. His undergraduate degree, majoring in history and religion with a minor in German was from Graceland University in southern Iowa. He lives in Rockaway Beach, New York City.