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Matthew Sweeney

Matthew Sweeney
Matthew Sweeney Doctoral Student, Doctoral Teaching Fellow

Educational Background

Ph.D Student, Option: Terrorism, School of Criminology and Justice Studies


Matthew Sweeney, M.A., is a Doctoral Candidate in the School of Criminology and Justice Studies. He completed his Bachelors of Science and Masters of Arts in Criminal Justice at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, with concentrations in Information and Technology and Security Studies. During his education, Matt earned the Outstanding Undergraduate Award and Outstanding Graduate Award from the School of Criminology and Justice Studies. Matt has previously interned with the Boston Regional Intelligence Center within the Boston Police Department, the Special Investigations Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, and at the Government Accountability Office. 
Matt’s research interests revolve broadly around Terrorism and Political Violence.  He gives a particular emphasis to the American Far Right, Lone Wolves and Leaderless Resistance, Homeland Security, and Policing.  His dissertation involves the examination of how an extremist social movement organization’s level of centralization influences the organization’s tactical choice, social mobilization, and ideological cohesion.