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Matthew Levinger

Research Professor of International Affairs; Director, National Security Studies Program; Program Director, Master of International Policy and Practice
Room 605 K
Address: Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E Street, N.W.
Phone: 202-994-9946
Fax: 202-994-7761

Areas of Expertise

Conflict analysis and resolution; genocide prevention; nationalism; revolutionary politics; modern Germany and France


Matthew Levinger is Research Professor of International Affairs, Master of International Policy and Practice Program Director, and Director of the National Security Studies Program, an executive education program serving the U.S. Department of Defense and other federal agencies. Before joining GW, he was Senior Program Officer at the United States Institute of Peace, where he developed and taught executive education programs on international conflict analysis and prevention for foreign policy professionals from the United States and overseas. From 2005 to 2007, Levinger was Founding Director of the Academy for Genocide Prevention at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Before moving to Washington, he was associate professor of History at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon; he has also taught at Stanford University. In 2003-2004, he was a William C. Foster Fellow at the U.S. Department of State.


Ph.D., University of Chicago


Levinger's research and teaching have focused on conflict analysis and prevention, as well as the history of nationalism, revolutionary politics, and genocide. He is the author of Enlightened Nationalism: The Transformation of Prussian Political Culture, 1806-1848 (Oxford, 2000) and coauthor of The Revolutionary Era, 1789-1850 (Norton, 2002). Conflict Analysis: Understanding Causes, Unlocking Solutions, a U.S. Institute of Peace handbook, was published in 2013.

Classes Taught

IAFF 2201 Special Topics in Conflict Resolution

IAFF 6171 Introduction to Conflict Resolution