Reader in Politics
SOAS, University of London
Matthew Nelson's research focuses on the comparative and international politics of South Asia with an emphasis on non-elite politics, the politics of Islamic institutions, and democracy. Dr Nelson has spent several years conducting archival, ethnographic, and survey-based research in Pakistan, Bangladesh, and India. His current research focuses on comparative constitutional politics and the politics of sectarian and doctrinal diversity in Islamic law and education. Dr Nelson is a founding member of the Centre for the International Politics of Conflict, Rights, and Justice at SOAS. In 2009-2010 he was the Wolfensohn Family Member at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, in 2011 he was a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., and in 2014-15 he was a Fellow at the Zentrum für Interdisziplinäre Forschung (ZiF) in Germany. Dr Nelson has also served as an elected board member for the American Institute of Pakistan Studies, the South Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies, and the Religion and Politics Section of the American Political Science Association. Dr Nelson has completed consultancies for the Brookings Institution, the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR), The Asia Foundation, and the British Foreign Office (FCO), and others.
Areas of Expertise
Religion & Theology
Human Protection and Rule of Law