Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Matthew J. Lyddon

Matthew J. Lyddon

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Matthew J. Lyddon

Director, Program Operations, MPA Program


Matthew J. Lyddon is Director of Program Operations for the Master of Public Affairs program. In this role, he works closely with the Faculty Director on strategic planning and program development, and provides day-to-day leadership to the MPA program team. Matt also serves as the MPA Program’s Director of Graduate Studies.

Matt most recently served as Associate Director at The Policy Lab, providing organizational leadership and collaborating with the Lab’s Director to develop and implement the Lab’s strategic goals across research, engagement, and sustainability. He remains a Fellow of the Lab, providing advice and expertise to support the Lab’s research and strategic development agendas, with a particular focus on training and capacity building initiatives. 

Matt’s research and professional interests include policy implementation and management, organizational strategy and development, and promoting civic education as well as civic and scientific literacy. He was previously a Postdoctoral Research Associate and Research Manager for the Brown Education Standards Research Team led by Susan Moffitt, and co-authored two technical reports with the team on public education in California for the Getting Down to Facts II project at Stanford University. Matt earned a PhD in Political Science from Brown University in 2016. He also holds a Master’s degree in Political Science from Brown, and BA and MA degrees in Politics and Applied Ethics from Cardiff University (Wales, UK).

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