Profile Picture, Matthew J. LyddonWelcome, and thank you for visiting my website. I currently teach as an Adjunct Lecturer in International and Public Affairs at Brown University, affiliated with the A. Alfred Taubman Center for Public Policy. I recently completed my Ph.D. at Brown’s Department of Political Science.

I am a teacher-scholar and political theorist, working primarily in democratic theory on citizenship and education. I am interested in curricular innovation and development, civic engagement, and the public mission of colleges and universities. As a first generation undergraduate and graduate student, I am passionate about the transformative power of higher education and improving access and support for underrepresented students. I also have a strong background and professional interests in administration, advocacy, leadership and mentoring in higher education.

At this site, you can read about my work in higher education teaching and mentoring, my scholarly research, and my professional experience. My Academic CV and Select Professional Resume are also available for download.

Teaching, Civic Education, and Leadership Training

Teaching, advising and mentoring are central to my motivation and professional identity as a teacher-scholar. My teaching experience includes service as a Graduate Teaching Fellow and in Teaching Assistantships at Brown, and for two years, as a Senior Instructor in the Young Global Scholars program at Yale University.

I also maintain a professional interest in Citizenship and Leadership training, having originated a summer course in the Brown Leadership Institute program, and co-authored a civic education resource package in the UK.

My Scholarly Research

‘Crafting Citizens’ – my public talk for Brown’s 250th Anniversary Graduate Symposium, ‘Research Matters!

My primary research area is in normative democratic theory. I’m most interested in questions concerning the demands that liberal democratic values place upon the design and function of liberal democratic political institutions and practices.

I am particularly interested in the political role of education within a liberal democratic regime, and in how a liberal civic education can prepare citizens for their political responsibilities while supporting their affirmation of a range of conceptions of the good life. This is the focus of my dissertation, titled: ‘Value Integrity Civics: A New Approach for Crafting Liberal Democratic Citizens.’ I defended my dissertation in early September 2015 and will receive my diploma during Brown’s next Commencement Weekend in May 2016. Read more about my research »

Background and Education

I grew up in the Bridgend region of southern Wales (UK) and am a graduate of Cardiff University (B.A., 2003; M.A., 2006). I have also attained a Master’s Degree at Brown University (2011). Prior to commencing my graduate work at Brown, I served for several years in postgraduate marketing and student recruitment positions at Cardiff. I maintain professional interests in the administration and governance of higher education institutions, in public service, and in organizational leadership.

Contacting me

I can be reached using the contact form on this site, via linkedin, academia.edu, or by email to lyddonmj@gmail.com.