Austin Matthews

 Austin Matthews

Ph.D Candidate
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  • Ph.D. in Political Science, Louisiana State University, 2018
  • M.A. in Political Science, Louisiana State University, 2016
  • M.A. in Political Science, Texas State University, 2013
  • B.A. in Psychology, Schreiner University, 2011


Austin S. Matthews is a Ph.D graduate with a primary concentration in comparative politics and a secondary concentration in international relations. Austin's research focuses on authoritarian politics, elites, and the politics of Central and Eastern Europe. His dissertation examines the use of elite-level repression by dictators as a tool of political survival.

Areas of interest

  • Authoritarian regimes
  • Political elites
  • Central and Eastern Europe
  • Party systems

 Current Placement

Research Associate, Diplometrics at the Frederick S Pardee Center for International Futures, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver