Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Taubman Center

Matthew J. Lyddon

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Taubman Academic Program Fellow

Department: Taubman Center for American Politics and Policy

matthew_lyddon@brown.edu      +1 401 863 5690

Matthew J. Lyddon is a postdoctoral research associate on the education standards research team, and an academic program fellow at the Taubman Center for American Politics and Policy. His research focuses on the intersection of normative democratic theory and applied research in education policy, in particular the critique and improvement of civic education policy and curricular standards in the United States. He is an applied researcher and serves as research architecture manager on the education standards team. In his role as academic program fellow, Lyddon assists the director of the Taubman Center in developing and implementing the center’s strategic direction and intellectual programming. He has taught and advised undergraduate students in political science and public policy at Brown, and has taught in the Master of Public Affairs program at the Watson Institute. He holds a PhD and AM in political science from Brown University, and BA and MA degrees from Cardiff University (Wales, UK). Find more information at matthewjlyddon.com.


  • PLCY2160: “Management and Implementation in Public and Nonprofit Organizations.” MPA course (assistant instructor, with Susan Moffitt)
  • PLCY1700G: “Education Policy Challenges.” Undergraduate research seminar (instructor)
  • PLCY1301A: “Values, Policy, and Politics.” Undergraduate sophomore seminar (instructor).
  • POLS1832S: “Democracy and Crisis in Political Theory: Freedom, Order, and Emergency Politics.” Undergraduate research seminar (instructor).
  • POLS1832T: “Crafting Citizens: Democratic Theory and Civic Education.” Undergraduate research seminar (instructor).
  • CESO0930: “Ethical Leadership: Theory into Practice.” Pre-college summer course, Brown Leadership Institute (instructor).


  • American Educational Research Association
  • American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy
  • Association for Political Theory