Mathhew Kocher


Matthew Adam Kocher, Ph.D, University of Chicago, 2004, has been a lecturer in the Political Science Department and the Jackson Institute at Yale University since 2007. He will join the faculty of the Political Science Department and the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University as a senior lecturer in 2017. 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 ScienceWorld PoliticsPerspectives on Politics, Politics and Society, the Journal of Peace ResearchPolitical 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 the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) in Mexico City, the University of Notre Dame, and the University of Chicago.

Statement of Views:

I am honored to be nominated to the APSA Council. Like most instructors in the discipline of political science, I have have spent the majority of my career in higher education in a non-tenure line position. My principal objective on the Council will be to attempt to represent the interests of contingent faculty within the Association. As a researcher, my work has spanned methodological divides. On the Council, I will advocate for a pluralistic discipline that continues to recognize and promote methodological and theoretical diversity.