Dr. Matthew Dearing

Associate Professor



  • Ph.D. in security studies from the Naval Postgraduate School.
  • M.A. in regional security studies from the Naval Postgraduate School.
  • B.A. in international political economy from the University of California Berkeley

Research Interests

  • Comparative political violence
  • Paramilitary groups and competitive state building
  • South Asia
  • Sub-Saharan Africa

Dr. Matt Dearing is an Associate Professor of Regional and Analytical Studies at the College of International Security Affairs. For over two decades, he has focused on U.S. foreign policy, international security, and comparative political violence, with field research in Africa and Afghanistan. Dr. Dearing has worked as an advisor for Brigade Combat Teams and Provincial Reconstruction Teams in southern and eastern Afghanistan from 2008-13, with particular focus on political stability in Kabul, Kandahar and Ghazni. His research focuses on state and non-state armed militias, paramilitary policing, and their role in capacity building in irregular warfare environments.

Dr. Dearing received a B.A. in International Political Economy from the University of California Berkeley; M.A. in Regional Security Studies at the Naval Postgraduate School; and Ph.D. in Security Studies at the Naval Postgraduate School. He is author of the book Militia Order in Afghanistan: Guardians or Gangsters? (Routledge 2021). His articles appeared in Foreign Policy, Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, Small Wars & Insurgencies, Stability Journal, Special Operations Journal, The National Interest, and War on the Rocks