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Department of Political Science


Matthew Wilson

Title: Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
Department: Political Science
College of Arts and Sciences
Resources: Professional Website
Matthew Wilson

Professor Wilson received his PhD from the Pennsylvania State University in 2015 and joined the USC faculty in 2019.  The courses that he has taught at USC include Latin American Governments and a graduate course on Dictatorship and Democratization.  Professor Wilson is interested in explaining the impacts of political institutions and temporal dynamics in non-democratic settings. Some of his ongoing research projects focus on the mechanisms that support legislative strengthening and party institutionalization in autocracies and their relation to conflict and regime change.  Journals in which he has published include the American Journal of Political Science, the British Journal of Political Science, International Interactions, Political Science Research and Methods, and Comparative Political Studies.  He is currently a Research Fellow with the Varieties of Democracy Project at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, where he has contributed to research on democratization. 

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