Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Taubman Center

Matthew J. Lyddon

Project Manager, The Policy Lab

Department: The Policy Lab


Matthew J. Lyddon is a Project Manager at The Policy Lab. Matt manages an array of Lab projects and leads workflow planning for the Lab’s Data Science team. He also manages several capacity-building functions including grant management, fundraising, research infrastructure, and the Lab’s public and university engagement activity.

Matt was formerly 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 also recently served as an Academic Program Fellow at the Taubman Center for American Politics and Policy at Brown, where he developed several new programs for intellectual and public engagement.

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). 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.

Matt has also served in professional roles in higher education marketing, strategic development and program development in the UK. He currently serves on the Board of Governors for the Brown Alumni Association. Matt is a proud ambassador for his homeland of Wales and a devoted dog dad to his rescue border collie mix, Lily, who has her own instagram.


  • 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).

Published Work

Susan Moffitt, Matthew J. Lyddon, Domingo Morel, Michaela Krug O’Neill, Kelly B. Smith, Cadence Willse, David K. Cohen, “State Structures for Instructional Support in California,” Stanford, CA: Getting Down to Facts II. [link to report]

Susan Moffitt, Matthew J. Lyddon, Michaela Krug O’Neill, Kelly B. Smith, Marie Schenk, Cadence Willse, David K. Cohen, 2018, “Frontlines Perspectives on Instructional Support in the Common Core Era,” Stanford, CA: Getting Down to Facts II. [link to report]


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