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Matthew Bolton

Associate Professor

Dyson College of Arts and Sciences

Political Science

  • @New York City


Expert on the United Nations, multilateral peace and security diplomacy, global disarmament policy and humanitarian assistance in conflict. Worked on 2017 Nobel Peace Prize-winning nuclear disarmament advocacy campaign.


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., Njeri, S. & Benjamin-Britton, T. (2020). Global Activism and Humanitarian Disarmament. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. http://https://www.dpbolvw.net/click-9158866-12898971?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.springer.com%2Fus%2Fbook%2F9783030276102

Bolton, M. (2020). Imagining Disarmament, Enchanting International Relations. New York: Palgrave Pivot. http://https://www.dpbolvw.net/click-9158866-12898971?url=https://www.springer.com/us/book/9783030177157

Bolton, M. (2020, September). Political Minefields: The Struggle against Automated Violence. London: I.B. Tauris. http://https://www.bloomsbury.com/us/political-minefields-9781780761596/

Welty, E. E., Bolton, M. & Kiptoo, W. (2019). Local Peacebuilding in East Africa: The Role of Customary Norms and Institutions in Addressing Pastoralist Conflict in Kenya and Uganda. Locally Led Peacebuilding: Global Case Studies. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield. , pages 61-72.

Bolton, M. (2018). "Related to the lives and concerns of the learners": Revitalizing undergraduate disarmament education through Model UN simulations and service learning. Celebrating 15 Years of Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Education. New York: UN Office for Disarmament Affairs. http://bit.ly/2DLwwQe

Bolton, M. (2018). The Nuclear Taboo and the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. e-International Relations. http://bit.ly/2BAGxzG

Bolton, M. (2018). The '-Pacific' part of 'Asia-Pacific': Oceanic diplomacy in the 2017 Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Asian Journal of Political Science. Vol 26 (Issue 3) , pages 371-389. http://bit.ly/2TOEhMg

Bolton, M. (2017). How to Use the Arms Trade Treaty to Address Armed Violence in Pastoralist Communities. http://bit.ly/2GwAZKL

Bolton, M. (2017). How to Use the Arms Trade Treaty to Address Wildlife Crime. http://bit.ly/2UUzrgo

Bolton, M. (2017). Humanitarian and Environmental Action to Address Nuclear Harm: The Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons as a Normative Framework for Assisting Victims of Nuclear Weapons Use and Testing and Remediating Contaminated Environments. http://bit.ly/2X3GfKM

Korir, C., Bolton, M., Kiptoo, W., Kosgei, S., Kimisoi, J., Njeri, F. & Pagnucco, R. (2017). Maridhiano Mashinani (Reconciliation at the Grassroots): Reflections on the Role of the Church in Building Sustainable Peace in the North Rift Region of Kenya. http://bit.ly/2GrLFu4

Acheson, R., Bolton, M., Minor, E. & Pytlak, A. (2017). The Humanitarian Impact of Drones. http://www.reachingcriticalwill.org/resources/publications-and-research/publications/11960-the-humanitarian-impact-of-drones

Welty, E. E. & Bolton, M. (2017). The Role of Short Term Volunteers in Responding to Humanitarian Crises: Lessons from the 2010 Haiti Earthquake. Michael Holenweger, Michael Karl and Jager Franz Kernic (Eds.), Leadership in Extreme Situations. Zurich: Springer. http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-55059-6_7


Matthew Bolton is director of the International Disarmament Institute and associate professor of political science at Pace University in New York City. He is an expert on global peace and security policy, focusing on multilateral disarmament and arms control policymaking processes. He has a PhD in Government and Master's in Development Studies from the London School of Economics. Since 2014, Bolton has worked on the UN and New York City advocacy of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), recipient of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize. He has an honorary doctorate in humane letters from Graceland University. Bolton has published five books, including Political Minefields (I.B. Tauris) and Imagining Disarmament, Enchanting International Relations (Palgrave Pivot)..

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