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 temporal dynamics shape relations between political actors in the international arena. I focus in particular on the study of conflict, both within and between countries. I leverage evidence-based accounts of state and non-state actors’ unfolding behavioral trajectory to explain when and why those actors that we traditionally think of as weak can prevail in the international arena, especially when those actors do so by using technological advances ranging from nuclear weapons to social media.

My research has been published in multiple outlets, including International Interactions, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Peace Research, British Journal of Political Science, and Perspectives on Politics. My commentary has appeared on New Security Beat and The Conversation.

I run the IRLab @Amherst College. I tweet at @eleomatt.