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Academics - Political Science Faculty & Staff

Academics - Political Science Faculty & Staff

Matthew Wells

BKT ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF POLITICAL SCIENCE
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CONTACT:
Baxter Hall 28
765-361-6133
wellsm@wabash.edu

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.

EDUCATION

PhD, University of Michigan

MA, University of Michigan

MPP, University of Michigan

BA, Boston College

RECENT COURSE OFFERINGS

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

RESEARCH

Foreign policy, public opinion and security, nuclear weapons, political violence, wars of occupation and resistance.

RECENT PRESENTATIONS

“Still Taboo? Citizens’ Attitudes toward the Use of Nuclear Weapons.” With Lisa Koch. International Studies Association 2019, American Political Science Association 2019.

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

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.

HONORS AND AWARDS

“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).