Matthew Kocher

Matthew Kocher

Senior Lecturer

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Research Interests: Comparative Politics, International Relations, and Political Methodology

Education: PhD, University of Chicago

Matthew Adam Kocher, Ph.D, University of Chicago, 2004, is a senior lecturer in the Department of Political Science and the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Kocher’s research is concerned with the causes and internal dynamics of civil wars and other violent social processes. Within this field, he has been an innovator in the use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS), quantitative micro-comparative analysis, and the construction of datasets from archival materials.

His work has been published in the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Peace ResearchPerspectives on PoliticsPolitical Analysis, Politics and SocietyPolítica y Gobierno, and World Politics. He has won the American Political Science Association’s (APSA) 2006 Gabriel A. Almond Award for the best dissertation in comparative politics, the APSA Comparative Politics Section’s 2009 Gregory Luebbert Award for the best professional article in comparative politics, the 2009 Article of the Year Award from the Journal of Peace Research, and APSA’s 2017 Heinz I. Eulau Award for the best article published in Perspective on Politics in 2016. Dr. Kocher has previously taught at the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) in Mexico City, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Chicago, and Yale University.