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Matthew Bolton

Associate Professor

Dyson College of Arts and Sciences

Political Science - NYC

  • @New York City


Expert on the United Nations, multilateral peace and security diplomacy, global disarmament policy and humanitarian assistance in conflict.


PhD , London School of Economics and Political Science , 2009

MS , London School of Economics and Political Science , 2005
Development Studies (Research)

BA , Graceland University , Lamoni, Iowa , 2001
History and Religion


Bolton, M. & Minor, E. (2016). The Discursive Turn Arrives in Turtle Bay: The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons' Operationalization of Critical IR Theories. Global Policy. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1758-5899.12343/full

Bolton, M. & Minor, E. (2016). The Humanitarian Initiative on Nuclear Weapons: An Introduction to Global Policy's Special Section. Global Policy. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1758-5899.12326/abstract

Bolton, M. (2016). Time for a discursive rehabilitation: A brief history of general and complete disarmament. Rethinking General and Complete Disarmament in the Twenty-First Century. New York: UN Office for Disarmament Affairs. http://www.un.org/disarmament/publications/occasionalpapers/no-28/

Bolton, M., Froese, S. & Jeffrey, A. (2016). “Go get a job right after you take a bath”: Occupy Wall Street as Matter Out of Place. Antipode. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/anti.12226/abstract

Bolton, M. (2015). From minefields to minespace: An archeology of the changing architecture of autonomous killing in US Army field manuals on landmines, booby traps and IEDs. Political Geography. Vol 46 , pages 41-53. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0962629814001218

Bolton, M. (2015, November 25). Using the Arms Trade Treaty to Address Wildlife Poaching in East Africa: A Human Security Approach. http://controlarms.org/en/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2015/12/BoltonPoaching-1.pdf

Bolton, M. (2014). Exit Strategy: Human Security, the Social Contract and Liquid Governance in Haiti's Post-Earthquake Reconstruction. Human Security and Natural Disasters. New York: Routledge. http://books.google.ba/books?id=LEYsAwAAQBAJ&lpg=PA140&ots=ztlD_9u5lW&dq=info:9i1hVl1r7PwJ:scholar.google.com&lr&pg=PA140#v=onepage&q&f=false

Bolton, M. & James, K. E. (2014, November). Nascent Spirit of New York or Ghost of Arms Control Past?: The Normative Implications of the Arms Trade Treaty for Global Policymaking. Global Policy. Vol 5 (Issue 4) , pages 439-454. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1758-5899.12174/abstract

Bolton, M., Whall, H., Pytlak, A., Guerra, H. & James, K. E. (2014, November). The Arms Trade Treaty from a Global Civil Society Perspective: Introducing Global Policy's Special Section. Global Policy. Vol 5 (Issue 4) , pages 433-458. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1758-5899.12171/abstract

Bolton, M. & Mitchell, C. (2014, August). The Peloponnesian War and Killer Robots: Norms of Protection in Security Policy. e-International Relations. http://www.e-ir.info/2014/08/29/the-peloponnesian-war-and-killer-robots-norms-of-protection-in-security-policy/

Bolton, M. (2013, February). Occupying Political Science: The Occupy Wall Street Movement from New York to the World. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. http://www.palgrave.com/page/detail/occupying-political-science-emily-welty/?isb=9781137277398

Welty, E., Bolton, M., Nayak, M. & Malone, C. J. (2013, January (1st Quarter/Winter)). Occupying Political Science: from New York City to the World. Welty, Bolton, Nayak, Malone (Eds.), Palgrave Macmillan. , pages 306.

Malone, C. J., Bolton, M., Nayak, M. V. & Welty, E. E. (2013, January (1st Quarter/Winter)). “An Occupied Political Science: concluding reflections on downtown political thinking”. Welty, Bolton, Nayak, Malone (Eds.), Occupying Political Science: the Occupy Wall Street movement from New York to the World. Palgrave Macmillan. , pages 275-282.

Welty, E. E., Bolton, M. & Zukowski, N. (2013, January (1st Quarter/Winter)). “Occupy Wall Street as a Palimpset: overview of a dynamic movement”. Welty, Bolton, Nayak, Malone (Eds.), Occupying Political Science: the Occupy Wall Street movement from New York to the World. Palgrave Macmillan. , pages 25-57.

Bolton, M., Welty, E. E., Nayak, M. V. & Malone, C. J. (2013, January (1st Quarter/Winter)). “We had a Front Row Seat to a Downtown Revolution”. Welty, Bolton, Nayak, Malone (Eds.), Occupying Political Science: the Occupy Wall Street movement from New York to the World. Palgrave Macmillan. , pages 1-24.


Matthew Bolton is director of Pace's International Disarmament Institute. He has conducted research in 16 countries and is author of Foreign Aid and Landmine Clearance (I.B. Tauris). He has a PhD in government from the London School of Economics, in which he researched the politics of foreign aid for demining in Afghanistan, Bosnia and Sudan and was designated one of the 'Best Young Researchers' in Europe by Atomium Culture. His research now draws on wide-ranging participant observation in a variety of disarmament campaigns and policy processes, including on military robotics, nuclear weapons and the arms trade. Bolton has served as an advisor to NGOs conducting advocacy in the United Nations General Assembly First Committee, Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons, the Arms Trade Treaty and Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. He has been a researcher for the Landmine and Cluster Munition Monitor and worked for UNICEF, UNDP, Outreach International, Counterpart International and Handicap International Belgium humanitarian and development programs. He serves as a representative of the International Peace Research Association to the UN in New York. Bolton has worked to place his students in a variety of volunteer and intern positions in international NGOs organizations in New York City. He is a frequent commentator in the news media on disarmament, arms control and nonproliferation issues; his work has been featured in The Guardian, El Pais, The Hill, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Jane's Foreign Report, Global Journalist, Transitions Abroad and ThinkAfricaPress.

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  • Control Arms [Policy Advisor]
  • International Committee for Robot Arms Control [Committee Member]
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