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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). 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 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, 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


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 four books, including Foreign Aid and Landmine Clearance (I.B. Tauris) and Imagining Disarmament, Enchanting International Relations (Palgrave Pivot).

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