Matthew Cohen

Doctoral Student


Matthew is a doctoral student in the Department of Political Science at Northeastern University, specializing in International Relations and Comparative Politics. He also has a strong background and interest in Middle Eastern politics. Matthew serves as a Teaching Assistant for Professor Denise Garcia in her International Conflict and Negotiation course. He has lectured on Iraq and on the Syrian civil war.

Research Interests

Matthew’s research focuses on emerging security threats and on the making of foreign policy by Middle Eastern states. He has published on Turkish-Israeli Relations and the role of religion in Turkey’s government. Matthew is currently engaged in research on the development and implementation of security policies in both Turkey and Israel.

Work Experience

Before beginning the PhD program, Matthew was the Research and Budget Director for the Joint (House and Senate) Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse in the Massachusetts Legislature. During his time working for the Committee, he played an important part in the writing and passage of legislation expanding mental health parity and ensuring adequate care for children in crisis.


Matthew received his BA from Brandeis University with a double major in Politics and Sociology. He earned an A.L.M in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Government from Harvard University. Matthew graduated from Harvard having earned the Dean’s List Academic Achievement Award. He wrote his Master’s Thesis on Turkish-European Union relations.

Matthew was born in Lexington, MA and is thus a diehard fan of all things Boston, particularly the Red Sox. In his free time Matthew takes care of his two wonderful children and spends time with his beautiful wife.


Matthew S. Cohen. “Islam and Government: Examining the Turkish Model.” Harvard Journal of Middle Eastern Politics and Policy, Volume 1, Spring 2012.

Matthew S. Cohen and Charles D. Freilich. “Breakdown and Possible Restart: Turkish-Israeli Relations under the AKP.” Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs, Volume VIII, Number 1, 2014.

Research Interests Middle East Foreign Policy

BA, Brandeis University
MA, Harvard University

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