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Matthew Nanes, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Political Science

Courses Taught

Middle East Politics, Research Methods, Politics of Authoritarianism, Ethnic Conflict


Ph.D., UC San Diego, 2017
M.A., UC San Diego, 2014
B.A., Rice University, 2012

Research Interests

Policing and Domestic Security, Civil Conflict, Middle East, South East Asia

Matthew Nanes researches domestic security institutions and citizen-state relations, particularly in places plagued by violent intergroup conflict.  For example, how does minority integration into the police rank-and-file affect citizens' willingness to cooperate with police officers?  Does marginalization from state security forces motivate anti-state violence?  How does community-oriented policing affect engagement with the state?  He explores these questions using survey and experimental research in the Middle East and Southeast Asia.

Nane's book "Policing for Peace: Institutions, Expectations, and Security in Divided Societies" was published by Cambridge University Press.  He has published articles in the Journal of Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Experimental Political Science, and elsewhere.

Before coming to SLU, Nanes was a postdoc at Stanford University's Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law.  He received his Ph.D. from the University of California San Diego, and proudly holds a B.A. from Rice University in Houston, Texas.

Matthew Nanes' Personal Website