Matthew is a fourth-year doctoral student working with Professor David Lazer. His research focuses on the intersection of network analysis and civil conflict, including civil war, genocide, and ethnic cleansing. For his dissertation Matthew is examining the role of cross-ethnic social networks in mitigating ethnic violence and whether peacebuilding initiatives diffuse to members of participants’ social networks. Matthew graduated from Williams College (cum laude) with a B.A. in Mathematics and International Studies in 2008, and spent the next 7 years teaching high school math, coaching long-distance runners, and working at Seeds of Peace, a summer camp for teens from conflict regions.