Matt Trevithick is a native of Boston, MA with a decade of experience on the ground in the Middle East and Central Asia in higher education and international development. He is a graduate of Boston University and recipient of their Distinguished Young Alumni Award. A former employee of the American University of Iraq – Sulaimani as well as the American University of Afghanistan, Matt co-founded an Istanbul-based monitoring and evaluation firm that provides impartial regional needs assessments for the world’s leading humanitarian and development organizations. A former researcher at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC, his first book, with a foreword by U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker, detailed the life of Afghanistan’s first Minister of Higher Education. A member of the Dartmouth Conference—the longest continuous bilateral discussion between citizens of Russia and the United States to avoid nuclear war and strengthen ties—he also has a certificate in Persian language from Tehran University and has published widely in the American media on foreign policy issues. At Yale, Matt will focus on studying the role of soft power in U.S. foreign policy as it relates to American institutions abroad.