I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Amherst College. I earned my PhD in Political Science from The Ohio State University.
I research how technology shapes actors' competition in the international arena. I focus on the study of international conflict and civil wars. While common wisdom suggests that technology is often just an arrow in the most powerful actors' quiver, weaker actors can often leverage technology to expand their available strategies and ultimately to win. My research sheds light on the conditions under which these weaker actors can prevail using technological advances that range from nuclear weapons to social media.
My research has been published in multiple outlets, including the British Journal of Political Science and Perspectives on Politics. I tweet at @eleomatt.