Matt Wells joined the faculty of Wabash College in the fall of 2015 after earning his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. He studies international relations with a particular focus on how domestic politics influence the conduct of foreign policy and war, as well as the dynamics of violence, both across and within borders. His current projects involve measuring public attitudes about the offensive use of nuclear weapons and understanding the conditions under which elected representatives withdraw their previously-held support for military conflict abroad.
Originally from the Los Angeles area, Matt lives in Crawfordsville with his wife, Julia, and their two children, Graham and Clara.
PhD, University of Michigan
MA, University of Michigan
MPP, University of Michigan
BA, Boston College
Introduction to International Relations
Revolutions, Insurgency, and Terrorism
Conflict, War, and Peace
American Foreign Policy
The Politics of Northern Ireland
The Arab-Israeli Conflict
Political Inquiry and Analysis
Foreign policy, public opinion and security, nuclear weapons, political violence, wars of occupation and resistance.
“Still Taboo? Citizens’ Attitudes toward the Use of Nuclear Weapons.” With Lisa Koch. International Studies Association 2019, American Political Science Association 2019.
Wells, Matthew and Timothy Ryan. 2018. “Following the Party in Time of War? The Implications of Elite Consensus.” International Interactions44(5):919–935.
Ryan, Timothy, Matthew Wells, and Brice D.L. Acree. 2016. “Emotional Responses to Disturbing Political News: The Role of Personality.” The Journal of Experimental Political Science 3(2):174–184.
“Investigating the Effects of Nuclear Knowledge on Citizen Attitudes toward the Use of Nuclear Weapons.” Reinventing Civil Defense Project, Stevens Institute of Technology/Carnegie Corporation of New York, Winter 2017 ($20,000).
MAJORS & MINORS
- Asian Studies (minor)
- Black Studies (minor)
- Business (minor)
- Computer Science
- Education Studies (minor)
- Engineering (dual-degree)
- Financial Economics
- Film and Digital Media (minor)
- Gender Studies (minor)
- Global Health (minor)
- Hispanic Studies
- Law (pre-professional)
- Medicine (pre-professional)
- Modern Languages
- Neuroscience (minor)
- Philosophy, Politics, and Economics
- Political Science