Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Taubman Center

Matthew J. Lyddon

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Department: The Policy Lab


Matthew J. Lyddon is a postdoctoral research associate at The Policy Lab and the Taubman Center for American Politics and Policy. His research focuses on the intersection of normative democratic theory and applied qualitative research in education policy, in particular the critique and improvement of civic education policy and curricular standards in the United States. He previously served as a member and research architecture manager on the education standards team, and as an academic program fellow at the Taubman Center. 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).

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