Fellow for Public Diplomacy
Expertise: Public diplomacy, military history, national security policy, nuclear security, international conflict
A Los Angeles native, Matthew 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 2009, Matthew interned in the Office of Press Relations at the U.S. Department of State 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.
Matthew is also 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 representing the 82nd Airborne Division.
Matthew originally joined ASP in the fall of 2011 as a research intern for ASP’s Nuclear Security Initiative, assisting with various ASP publications including the Nuclear Security Index. He now leads ASP’s research in public diplomacy and strategic communication, and U.S.-Russia Relations.
He is also a member of the Public Diplomacy Council.