Curriculum Vitae

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Political Science & International Affairs

Matt is a PhD student at the University of Georgia studying political science with a focus on judicial politics. He is also a licensed attorney in Florida and previously served as an adjunct professor at the University of Central Florida.

  • University of Central Florida, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Minor in History, magna cum laude May 2009
  • University of Florida, Levin College of Law, Juris Doctor, cum laude May 2013
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Matt attended the University of Central Florida for undergrad and later graduated from law school at the University of Florida with honors as well as a commendation for outstanding achievement in pro bono work.

After law school he was an Assistant Public Defender in Orange County Florida for over five years. There he represented thousands of clients charges with offenses ranging from simple possession to sexual battery and attempted murder. He was counsel of record for 25 jury trials.

From 2016-2019 he coached a mock trial team at the University of Central Florida. His teams won numerous individual awards as well as the 2017 Stetson Invitational in 2017 and the 2019 Scarlet and Cream Invitational. He was also an adjunct professor of Political Science and Legal Studies teaching courses on American Government, Individual Liberties, Legal Research, Legal Writing and Law and the Legal System. He also developed a course on Law & Society for a fully online learning environment.

Of Note

Member of the Florida Bar, 2013-Present

Research Interests

Matt’s research focuses on judicial behavior at the trial court level as well as judicial institutions, constitutional law and judicial nominations.