Authority on the workings of a problem country
"The Politics of Buddhist Nationalism in Myanmar"
Dr Matthew Walton
Aung San Suu Kyi Senior Research Fellow in Modern Burmese Studies,
University of Oxford
From 2013 until summer 2018, Matthew Walton has been the inaugural Aung San Suu Kyi Senior Research Fellow in Modern Burmese Studies at St Antony’s College, directing the Programme on Modern Burmese Studies and convening the Southeast Asia seminar series. His research focuses on religion and politics in Southeast Asia, with a special emphasis on Buddhism in Myanmar.
He was a senior policy consultant to The Elders on Myanmar issues until 2016 and regularly briefs diplomats and NGOs on politics and religion in Myanmar. Matt’s book Buddhism, Politics and Political Thought in Myanmar (Cambridge University Press, 2016), explores Burmese Buddhist political thought and its influence on Myanmar’s current democratic transition. He has also written book chapters on Buddhism and democracy, Myanmar’s political transition, disaster relief practices in Myanmar, Buddhist theories of animal rights, and radical environmental politics.
Before coming to Oxford, Matt was an adjunct professor in the political science department at George Washington University. He received his PhD in Political Science from the University of Washington and has a B.Mus with Honors in Music Composition. He is an active composer and his most recent opera is Sun Dance.
From autumn 2018 onwards, Matt is an Assistant Professor in Comparative Political Theory at the University of Toronto.