Fellow for Public Diplomacy
Expertise: Public diplomacy, military history, national security policy, nuclear security, international conflict
A Los Angeles native, Matthew has lead ASP’s research on public diplomacy and strategic communications since 2011. As an expert in national security strategy and international relations, Matthew is also currently leading ASP’s programs on nuclear security and US-Russia Relations.
Wallin completed his Masters in Public Diplomacy at the University of Southern California in 2010. While at USC, his studies focused on the public diplomacy implications of military conflict, and viral communication by non-state actors. Prior to that, he received his B.A. in Political Science with a focus in international relations from California State University, Long Beach.
In the summer of 2009, Wallin served in the Office of Press Relations at the U.S. Department of State during an internship as a Press Officer, assisting with the daily State Department press briefings as well as answering media inquiries on official U.S. foreign policy. Afterwards, he joined the USC Center on Public Diplomacy, where he shaped “Science Diplomacy and the Prevention of Conflict,” an internationally-attended day-long conference on the premise of science diplomacy.
In his spare time, Matthew is a professional photographer, specializing in aviation, automotive and portraiture. Additionally, he is a “living historian,” educating the public about veterans, U.S. military history, and participating in various public events as a WWII reenactor.
He is also a member of the Public Diplomacy Council.