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Dr. Matthew Arsenault

Associate Professor of Political Science



Academic CV

Matt Arsenault comes to Mount Aloysius College from Western Michigan University where he earned his Ph.D. in political science, specializing in comparative politics.

In 2010 – 2011, Dr. Arsenault worked as an intelligence analyst for the U.S. Army in eastern Iraq. Arsenault’s research focused on the shift of insurgent groups into the burgeoning Iraqi political system.

Upon returning from Iraq, Arsenault was appointed a Presidential Management Fellow with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. He worked on the design and implementation of testing procedures to ensure compliance with Dodd-Frank Act financial regulations.

Arsenault’s current research interests focus on insurgency and counterinsurgency strategy and tactics. He is currently working on a book-length project on the African Bush Wars.

Recent publications:

Arsenault, M. (Jan. 2020). Revisiting an alternative approach to fighting small wars: The works of Charles Wolf Jr. and Nathan Leites, 1965 to 1970. Small Wars Journal.

Arsenault, M. (2019.) Research methods in counter-insurgency warfare: Lessons learned from an embedded political scientist. SAGE Research Methods Cases.

Arsenault, M. (2017). The effects of political institutions on varieties of capitalism. New York: Palgrave Macmillan

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PhD, Western Michigan University
M.A. Western Michigan University
M.D.A Western Michigan University
B.A. Western Michigan University

Areas of Interest

  • Comparative politics
  • Insurgency and counterinsurgency theory and practice
  • Comparative political economy
  • Varieties of Capitalism