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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 Teaching Fellow in the School of Criminology and Justice Studies. He completed his Bachelors of Science and Masters of Arts in Criminal Justice at the UMass 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 include the American Far Right, Social Movement Theory, Counterterrorism Policies, and Policing. Broadly, Matt is interested in most aspects of Terrorism, Counterterrorism, and Homeland Security, especially in the United States. His dissertation involves the examination of how an extremist social movement’s level of centralization influences tactical choice, social mobilization, and ideological cohesion.