Matthew Charles Wilson
Assistant Professor of Political Science
West Virginia University

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Academic Appointments
      2015- Assistant Professor, West Virginia University

Education
      2015  Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
                Dissertation: “Castling the King: Institutional Sequencing and Regime Change.”
                Advisor: Gretchen Casper
                Committee: Joseph Wright, James Piazza, Melissa Hardy

      2011  M.A., Pennsylvania State University
                Thesis: “A Discreet Critique of Discrete Regime Type Data.”

      2009  B.S., Clemson University, Summa cum Laude, Honors in Global Politics
                Honors thesis: “Determinants of Household Migration from an Ethnic Perspective.”

Publications
Journal Articles
      Forth. “Militarism and Dual-Conflict Capacity”International Interactions, 43(6) (with Carla Martinez Machain).
      Forth. “Trends in Political Science Research and the Progress of Comparative Politics”PS: Political Science & Politics.
      2017 “Autocratic Legislatures and Expropriation Risk.” British Journal of Political Science, 41(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).

Working Papers
      “Beyond First Elections: The Importance of Consistency in the Timing of Recurrent Elections.” Varieties of Democracy Institute Working Paper No. 32
                (with Staffan Lindberg).

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.

Book Reviews
      2012 Jeffrey Haynes, ed., Routledge Handbook of Democratization
                (New York: Routledge, 2012), Journal of Peace Research, 49 (5): 741-748.
      2012 Jay Ulfelder, Dilemmas of Democratic Consolidation: A Game Theoretic Approach
                (Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2010), Journal of Peace Research, 49 (5): 741-748.

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

Conference Papers
      2017 “Autocratic Legislatures and Party Institutionalization.”
               Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, September, 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.
      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.
      2011 “Democratic Peace Arguments and the Monadic Authoritarian Peace.”
               Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, April, Chicago, IL.

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
      2017 Varieties of Democracy Internal Research Conference, Gothenburg, Sweden, May.
      2017 Oxford Authoritarianism Conference, Oxford, United Kingdom, March.
      2016 Varieties of Democracy Institute, 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
      2013 Sponsored research in Havana, Cuba.
               Collaborated in a workshop on Cuban perspectives on the capacity of military dictatorships to use force in conflicts.
      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.
      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.
      2008 Research Assistant for Zeynep Taydas, Department of Political Science, Clemson University.
               Theoretical and empirical contributions to projects regarding political parties in Turkey and India and human rights abuse.
      2008 Independent Study, Department of Languages and Department of Political Science, Clemson University.
               Study abroad in Quichinche, Ecuador administering surveys.

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, Conflict Management and Peace Science, International Migration,
      International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Peace Research, Latin American Politics and Society.

Other Activities
      2017 Faculty Chaperone, 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 the 2010 annual meeting of the Peace Science Society; and scheduled departmental presentations.

Professional Skills
Language
      English: native. Spanish: fluent. French: reading comprehension.
Programming
      STATA, R, LaTeX, Perl, Python.

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