Matt is a recent graduate from the University of South Carolina where he received a BA in Political Science with a concentration in International Politics and a minor in Health, Promotion, Education and Behavior. He also studied Central European politics and the Czech language while at Charles University in Prague.
Spurred along by his interest in foreign relations, Matt conducted research on Pakistani nuclear security and completed internships in both South Carolina and Washington D.C. with a focus on nuclear policy in the United States. While serving as a Policy and Communications intern with the Center for Arms Control and Nonproliferation, he worked on messaging for the Iran Nuclear Deal and monitored relevant Congressional hearings.
His recently completed Honors Thesis focused on the efficacy of unilateral economic sanction threats in cases of human rights violations. His research relied upon sixty years of sanction data and sought to fulfill a gap in the current literature on the nexus of sanction threats and human rights abuses.