Matthew Charles Wilson
Assistant Professor of Political Science
West Virginia University

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Academic Appointments

2015-  West Virginia University
          Assistant Professor, Political Science

Education

Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, May 2015.
          Dissertation: ''Castling the King: Institutional Sequencing and Regime Change.''
          Advisor: Gretchen Casper
          Committee: Joseph Wright, James Piazza, Melissa Hardy
M.A.,   Pennsylvania State University, 2011.
          Thesis: ''A Discreet Critique of Discrete Regime Type Data.''
B.S.,   Clemson University, 2009, Summa cum Laude, Honors in Global Politics
          Honors thesis: ''Determinants of Household Migration from an Ethnic Perspective.''

Publications

Journal Articles
2018   ''State of the world 2017: autocratization and exclusion?'' Democratization,
           (with Anna Lührmann, Valeriya Mechkova, Sirianne Dahlum, Laura Maxwell, Moa Olin,
           Constanza Sanhueza Petrarca, Rachel Sigman, and Staffan I. Lindberg).
2018   ''Crowdsourcing and Self-Instruction: Turning the Production of Teaching Materials into a Learning Objective.''
           Journal of Political Science Education, 14(3): 400-408.
2018   ''Militarism and Dual-Conflict Capacity.''
           International Interactions, 44(1): 156-172 (with Carla Martinez-Machain).
2017   ''Trends in Political Science Research and the Progress of Comparative Politics.''
           PS: Political Science & Politics, 50(4): 979-984.
2017   ''Understanding the experiences, attitudes, and behaviors of sexual orientation and gender identity
           minority employees.''
           Journal of Vocational Behavior, 103: 1-6 (with Larry R. Martinez and Katina B. Sawyer).
2017   ''Autocratic Legislatures and Expropriation Risk.''
           British Journal of Political Science, 47(1): 1-17 (with Joseph Wright).
2015   ''Using Sequences to Model Crises.''
           Political Science Research and Methods, 3(2): 381-397 (with Gretchen Casper).
2014   ''A Discreet Critique of Discrete Regime Type Data.''
           Comparative Political Studies, 47(5): 689-714.
2013   ''Dictatorships and Terrorism: Conditioning Effects of Regime Type on Terrorism.''
           American Journal of Political Science, 57(4): 941–955 (with James Piazza).

Book Chapters
2014   ''Governance Built Step-by-Step: Analyzing Sequences to Explain Democratization.''
           In Advances in Sequence Analysis: Methods, Theories and Applications, Philippe Blanchard, Jacques-Antione ,
           Gauthier and Felix Bühlmann (Eds.). New York: Springer.

Working Papers
2018   ''Stairways to Denmark: Does the Sequence of State-building and Democratization Matter for Economic
            Development?'' University of Gothenburg, Varieties of Democracy Institute: Working Paper No.72
           (with Haakon Gjerlow, Carl Henrik Knutsen, and Tore Wig).
2017   ''Autocratic Legislatures and Party Institutionalization.''
           University of Gothenburg, Varieties of Democracy Institute: Working Paper No. 7.
2016   ''Beyond First Elections: The Importance of Consistency in the Timing of Recurrent Elections.''
           University of Gothenburg, Varieties of Democracy Institute: Working Paper No. 32
           (with Staffan Lindberg).

Media Contributions
2018   One-third of the world's population lives in a declining democracy. That includes the United States.
          The Monkey Cage, Washington Post, 04 July (with Anna Lührmann).
2017   Is democracy on the decline? Not as much as some pundits want you to believe.
          The Monkey Cage, Washington Post, 26 June (with Anna Lührmann and Valeriya Mechkova).

Other Contributions
2018   ''Crowd-Sourcing and Self-Instruction.'' Active Learning in Political Science, (http://activelearningps.com/),
          13 August.
2018   ''The Value of Descriptive Sequences in Historical Institutionalist Research.''
          The American Political Science Association (APSA-CD) Comparative Democratization Newsletter, 16(2): 9-13.
2018   ''United States: Liberal Democracy Under Stress.'' V-Dem Annual Democracy Report.

Convention Activities

Panel Activity
           American Political Science Association meetings: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018.
           Midwest Political Science Association meetings: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018.
           Southern Political Science Association meetings: 2015, 2016, 2017.
           European Consortium for Political Research meetings: 2011.
           International Political Science Association meetings: 2011.
           Latin American Studies Association: 2014, 2015.
           Peace Science Society: 2009, 2010, 2011.
           Society for Political Methodology: 2012.

Conference Papers
2018   ''Dynamics of Legislative Change across Democracies and Dictatorships: Elections, Party Hegemony,
            and Legislative Strength.'' Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, August, Boston, MA
           (with Josef Woldense).
2018   ''Contested or Established? A Comparison of Legislative Powers across Regimes.''
           Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, April, Chicago, IL (with Josef Woldense).
2017   ''Autocratic Legislatures and Party Institutionalization.''
           Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, August, San Francisco, CA.
2017   ''Autocratic Legislatures and Historical Powersharing in Latin America: Explaining Chilean Development.''
           Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, April, Chicago, IL.
2017   ''Does Consociationalism Really Exacerbate Ethnic Divisions?''
           Annual Meeting of the Southern Political Science Association, January, New Orleans, LA.
2016   ''Election Regularity and Democratic Stability.''
           Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, April, Chicago, IL.
2016   ''Understanding Authoritarian Trajectories: A Sequence Analytic Approach.''
           Annual Meeting of the Southern Political Science Association, January, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
2015   ''Sequence Analytic Techniques for Visualizing Discrete Patterns.''
           Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, September, San Francisco, CA.
           (with Philippe Blanchard).
2015   ''Parallel Political Developments: A Historical Appraisal.''
           Annual Meeting of the Latin American Studies Association, May, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
2015   ''Binding Legislatures and Authoritarian Regime Survival.''
           Annual Meeting of the Southern Political Science Association, January, New Orleans, LA (with Dan Gamarnik).
2015   ''The Effect of Time, Duration, and Sequencing on Bargaining during National Crises.''
           Annual Meeting of the Southern Political Science Association, January, New Orleans, LA (with Gretchen Casper).
2014   ''Power-sharing and Institutional Sequencing.''
           Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, August, Washington, D.C.
2014   ''Process-tracing the Rise and Fall of the Porfiriato.''
           Annual Meeting of the Latin American Studies Association, May, Washington, D.C.
2014   ''Porfirian Power Sharing and Modern Autocratic Institutions.''
           Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, April, Chicago, IL.
2013   ''Militarism and Dual-conflict Capacity.''
           Sixteenth International Conference on New Political Science, November, Havana, Cuba.
2013   ''Step by Step: How Bargaining and Crises Affect Cooperation and Democracy.''
           Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, April, Chicago, IL (with Gretchen Casper).
2012   ''Crisis, Order, and Outcome.''
           Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, September, New Orleans, LA
           (with Gretchen Casper).
2012   ''How the Sequencing of Regime Change Affects the Prospects for Democratization and Consolidation.''
           Conference on Sequence Analysis, June, Lausanne, Switzerland.
2012   ''Reinforcing versus Undermining Democracy: Bargaining Subsequences during Crises.''
           Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, April, Chicago, IL (with Gretchen Casper).
2011   ''Conditioning Effects of Regime Type on Terrorism.''
           Annual Peace Science Society Meeting, October, Los Angeles, CA (with James Piazza).
2011   ''Bargaining Across Crises: Elite Cooperation in 'Most Likely' versus 'Least Likely' Cases of Democracy.''
           Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, September, Seattle, WA (with Gretchen Casper).
2011   ''A Discreet Critique of Discrete Regime Type Data.''
           European Consortium for Political Research Joint Sessions of Workshops, April, St. Gallen, Switzerland.

Poster Presentations
2015   ''The Many Faces of Time and Their Effects on Crisis Bargaining.'' Annual Meeting of
           Midwest Political Science Association, April, Chicago, IL (with Gretchen Casper).
2013   ''Castling the King: Institutional Sequencing and Regime Change.'' Annual Graduate Exhibition, March,
           University Park, PA.
2012   ''An Introduction to Sequence Analysis for Modeling Path Dependent Processes.''
           Annual Summer Meeting of the Society for Political Methodology, July, Chapel Hill, NC (with Gretchen Casper).
2012   ''Reinforcing versus Undermining Democracy: Bargaining Subsequences during Crises.''
           Annual Graduate Exhibition, March, University Park, PA. (with Gretchen Casper).
2011   ''Unmasking Authority: Disaggregating Authoritarianism in Civil War.''
           Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, March, Montreal, QC.
2011   ''Breaking Down Authoritarian Strategies to Avoid Internal Armed Conflict.''
           Annual Graduate Exhibition, March, University Park, PA.

Grants and Awards

2014   Alumni Association Dissertation Award, PSU, $5000—recognition of outstanding achievement in scholarship
          and professional accomplishment.
2013   Outstanding Graduate Student Award, Department of Political Science, PSU, $1500.
2013   Career Development Award, Center for Global Studies, PSU, $2000.
2013   Comparative Initiative, Department of Political Science, PSU, $2000.
2013   Research Grant on Democratic Innovation, Penn State Democracy Institute, PSU, $2000.
2012   RGSO College Dissertation Support Competition, College of Liberal Arts, PSU, $2000.
2011   Nordic Research Opportunity (NRO), $12,000—funds to support three months of collaboration with the
          Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO), provided by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the
          Research Council of Norway (RCN).
2011   National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF GRFP), $30,000 per year—
           three year financial support for graduate research.
2011   Conference Travel Award, University of Lausanne, $2000—funds to cover the cost of travel to present at the
          Lausanne Conference on Sequence Analysis. For ''How the Sequencing of Regime Change Affects the Prospects
          for Democratization and Consolidation.'' Supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation.
2009   Graduate Fellowship, Phi Kappa Phi, $4000.
2009-  Conference Travel Awards, Department of Political Science, PSU, $8000.
2009   Award for Most Outstanding Undergraduate Research, College of Business and Behavioral Science,
          Clemson University, $500—college-wide award presented to a senior who has completed the most meritorious
          research project of the year.
          Award given for ''Determinants of Household Migration from an Ethnic Perspective.''
2009   Faculty Scholarship Award, Clemson University—award presented at graduation to the student with the
          highest academic achievement.
2009   James F. Byrnes Award, Department of Political Science, Clemson University—award given to the most
          outstanding graduating senior in Political Science.

Professional Experience

Temporary and other Appointments
2018   Research Fellow, Varieties of Democracy Project, University of Gothenburg.
2014   Visiting Scholar, Vanderbilt University.
2013   Visiting Scholar, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económica (CIDE),
          Mexico City, Mexico (Fall).
2012   Visiting Scholar, Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO), Oslo, Norway (Summer).

Invited Talks and Conferences
2018   Varieties of Democracy Internal Research Conference, Gothenburg, Sweden, May.
2018   Durham University, Durham, United Kingdom, April.
2017   University of Mannheim, Mannheim, Germany, November.
2017   Varieties of Democracy Internal Research Conference, Gothenburg, Sweden, May.
2017   The New Politics of Authoritarianism, Oxford, United Kingdom, March.
2016   University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden, January.
2014   University of Warwick, Coventry, United Kingdom, December.
2013   Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económica (CIDE), Mexico City, Mexico, October.
2012   Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO), Norway, June.
2012   Conference on Sequence Analysis, University of Lausanne, Switzerland, June.
2011   University of North Carolina Charlotte, Charlotte, North Carolina, September.

Fieldwork Experience
2013   Field research in Mexico City, Mexico, August-November.
          Collected archival data on legislative and party members in Mexico prior to the 1917 Constitution.
2007   Field research in Otavalo, Ecuador, May-July.
          Conducted 400 surveys of households concerning international migration experience.

Research Interests
          Comparative Politics: Democratization; Autocracy; Comparative institutions, Civil Conflict.
          Political Methodology: Quantitative methods; Time dependence; Sequence analysis.

Research Experience
2018   Project member of ''Failing and Successful Sequences of Democratization'' (Project ID 724191),
          University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
2013   Sponsored research in Havana, Cuba.
          Collaborated in a workshop on Cuban research perspectives.
2013   Researcher, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE), Mexico City, Mexico.
          Collected archival data on legislative and party members in Mexico prior to the 1917 Constitution.
2012   Researcher, the Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO), Oslo, Norway.
          Investigated the time-dependent nature of democratization reforms and the effect on domestic conflict with
          Håvard Hegre, in conjunction with dissertation research.
2011   Reviewer for Gretchen Casper, Department of Political Science, Pennsylvania State University.
          Prepared manuscripts for publication.
2011   Reviewer for Philippe Blanchard, Department of Political Science, Pennsylvania State University.
          Prepared manuscripts for publication.
2009   Research Assistant for Glenn Palmer, Department of Political Science, Pennsylvania State University.
          Assisted in the MID4 project.

Teaching Interests
          Comparative Politics: Introduction to Comparative Politics; Democracies, Democratization and Authoritarianism;
          Comparative Political Institutions; Latin American Politics.
          International Relations: Introduction to International Relations; advanced topics in conflict studies
          (e.g., Topics in Civil War).
          Political Methodology: Research Design and Methods in Political Science; Sequence Analysis.

Teaching Experience
2017   Dictatorship and Democratization (U), Dictatorship and Democracy (G).
2016   Governments of Latin America (U), Introduction to Comparative Politics (U), Advanced Quantitative Analysis (G).
2015   Democracy and Dictatorship (U), Comparative Politics Core Seminar (G).
2014   Invited lecturer, graduate seminar on Sequence Analysis. University of Warwick, Coventry,
          United Kingdom, December.
2014   Instructor, Dictators and their Demise (PL SC 414)—Spring, Pennsylvania State University.
2011   Cosponsor, short course on Sequence Analysis, American Political Science Association—Fall
          (with Philippe Blanchard).

Professional Service Activities

Membership in Professional Associations
          American Political Science Association (APSA), European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR),
          International Studies Association (ISA), Latin American Studies Association (LASA),
          Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA), Peace Science Society (International) (PSS),
          Society for Political Methodology (PolMeth), Southern Political Science Association (SPSA).

Reviewing
          American Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, Conflict Management and Peace Science,
          Contemporary Politics, International Migration, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of African and Asian Studies,
          Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Peace Research, Journal of Political Science Education,
          Latin American Politics and Society, Terrorism and Political Violence.

Other Activities
2017-  Faculty Chaperone and Translator, Global Brigades trip to Nicaragua.
2015-  Faculty Associate, Latin American Studies Program, WVU.
2013   Volunteer, Ralph Bunche workshop on CV writing.
2011   President, the Graduate Association for Political Science, PSU.
2011   Assistant to the Executive Director, Peace Science Society—Glenn Palmer, Department of Political Science,
          Pennsylvania State University: managed subscriptions for Conflict Management and Peace Science,
          the Journal of Peace Research, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, and International Interactions.
          Managed memberships to the Peace Science Society, organized annual meetings of the Peace Science Society;
          and scheduled departmental presentations as part of a department series.

Professional Skills

Languages
          English: native. Spanish: fluent. French: elementary comprehension.
Programming
          STATA, R, LaTeX, Perl, Python.

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