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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. 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. (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

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. & 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


Matthew Bolton is director of the International Disarmament Institute and associate professor of political science at Pace University in New York City, where he also manages the Model UN program. He is an expert on global peace and security policy, focusing on disarmament, humanitarianism and mine action, with field experience in 17 countries, including Afghanistan, Bosnia, Haiti, Iraq, Kenya and Uganda. Bolton has published three books, including Foreign Aid and Landmine Clearance (I.B. Tauris). He has a PhD in Government and a Master's in Development Studies from the London School of Economics. Bolton has been a participant observer in many multilateral disarmament and arms control policymaking processes, on landmines, cluster munitions, guns, the arms trade, nuclear weapons and military robotics. Since 2014 he has worked on the UN advocacy of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), recipient of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize. During the negotiations of the 2017 Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, Bolton served on ICAN's 'positive obligations team', which led the successful effort to ensure disarmament education, victim assistance and environmental remediation were included in the final text. Bolton has been a consultant to UNICEF and UNDP's mine action programs. He also managed a 2016 grant from the UN Trust Facility Supporting Cooperation on Arms Regulation (UNSCAR) that provided training on the Arms Trade Treaty to officials and activists in East Africa. Bolton was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Graceland University and is recipient of the City of Independence, Missouri, Humanitarian Award; Jefferson Bronze Award for Public Service and Pi Gamma Mu Scholarship Medal.

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