Matt works in the Lazer Lab. His research interests center around using networks to study ethnic conflict and political violence. His fieldwork has most recently taken him to Uganda, where he mapped friendship and economic networks among slum dwellers to measure self-segregation by religion and tribe. Matt received a BA at Williams College in Math and International Studies and graduated cum laude in 2008. Prior to joining the PhD program, Matt worked with two peace-building organizations, Seeds of Peace and Search for Common Ground, and taught high school math at Milton Academy. He is recipient of National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship and was previously awarded an Innovation Fund grant to develop a course on Math, Politics, and Society, focusing on game theory and social choice.