Professor Matthew Fehrs is the coordinator for Democracy Studies and co-director of the St. Mary’s Washington Program. He received his bachelors degree from Pitzer College, a MA from Columbia University, and his Ph.D. from Duke University. Before coming to St. Mary’s he was a post-doctoral fellow at the Mershon Center at Ohio State University. He joined the St. Mary’s Political Science department in 2009, and studies international relations, specializing in issues relating to conflict. His current research interest centers on what leaders former adversaries to reconcile with one another. His work has appeared in Foreign Policy Analysis, Democracy and Security, and Diplomacy & Statecraft. Together with Professor Sahar Shafqat, he initiated and is co-director of the St. Mary’s Washington Program, which combines summer internships with intensive coursework and an alumni mentoring network. Professor Fehrs is proud to have former students working at the State Department, the Department of Defense, US AID, pursue PhDs, join the Peace Corps, and attend top law schools. When Professor Fehrs is not discussing current events with students, he enjoys running, foreign films, visiting national parks, and college basketball.
Courses Recently Taught
- POSC 269. International Relations
- POSC 317. International Peace and Conflict
- POSC 364. US Foreign Policy
- POSC 468. Studies in International Relations
- 1998 - B.A. - Psychology & Political Studies - Pitzer College
- 2002 - M.A. - International Affairs - Columbia University
- 2008 - Ph.D. - Political Science - Duke University
Areas of Expertise
- International Relations
- Peace and Conflict Studies
- Domestic Politics and Conflict
- Foreign Policy
- International Security
Article in Democracy and Security
Professor Fehrs has an article forthcoming in Democracy and Security entitled, “Too Many Cooks in the Foreign Policy Kitchen: Confused British Signaling and the Falklands War.”
Article in Diplomacy & Statecraft
“Leopards Can Change Their Spots: When Leaders Take Out of Character Actions,” will appear in Diplomacy & Statecraft this fall.
Article in Foreign Policy Analysis
Professor Fehrs’s article “Letting Bygones Be Bygones: Rapprochement in US Foreign Policy,” was published in Foreign Policy Analysis.