Director of Defense and Foreign Policy Studies
Matthew Fay is director of defense and foreign policy studies at the Niskanen Center. He has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Saint Xavier University and has two master’s degrees, one in international relations from American Military University and one in diplomatic history from Temple University. He has previously published research on nuclear weapons, co-authoring an article for the American Historical Review on nuclear forecasting during the Cold War and a proposal for changes in U.S. nuclear force posture for the Cato Institute. His research interests include U.S. foreign policy, grand strategy, and defense politics. He is currently pursuing a PhD in political science at George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government. He is also a fellow with the school’s Center for Security Policy Studies.