Welcome

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 conflict actors in the international arena. I focus in particular on the study of conflict, both within and between countries. I gather evidence to describe state and non-state actors’ behavioral trajectories. I investigate 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 book manuscript, Volatile States in International Politics, explores how power and interests combine to stir states at times toward inconsistent behavior, leading them to shift toward more cooperation or conflict without following a clear pattern. The book offers an in-depth account of why countries' treacherous foreign policies have often harmless origins, what this means for international politics, and what to do about it.

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.