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Matthew Kocher

Matthew Kocher

Senior Lecturer of International Studies and Political Science


Matthew Adam Kocher is a Senior Lecturer in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and in the School of Advanced International Studies 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, World Politics, Perspectives on Politics, Politics and Society, the Journal of Peace Research, Political Analysis and Política y Gobierno. 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, and the 2009 Article of the Year Award from the Journal of Peace Research. Dr. Kocher has previously taught at Yale University, the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) in Mexico City, the University of Notre Dame, and the University of Chicago. He received his PhD from the University of Chicago in 2004.