University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Political Science


Faculty - Matthew Carlson

Matthew Carlson Associate Professor (2005)

  • B.A., University of Puget Sound
  • M.A., University of Washington
  • Ph.D., University of California, Davis
  • Curriculum Vitae (PDF)
Area of expertise

Comparative Politics, Asian Politics

Contact Information
Office: Old Mill Room 513
Phone: 802.656.4365

Office Hours: Wednesday - 1:00-3:00; Thursday - 10:00-11:00 or by appointment.

Professor Carlson specializes in comparative politics and Asian politics with an emphasis on political parties, electoral systems, campaign finance, and public opinion. His Masters, from the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington is in International Studies. For his dissertation research, he was awarded a two-year scholarship from the Japanese government to study the political consequences of Japan's new electoral system at the University of Tokyo. He has been a lecturer at the University of California, Davis and a research associate at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. He teaches classes on comparative politics, the politics of China, Japan and East Asia, and Asian politics and film. He has authored two books: Money Politics in Japan (Lynne Rienner Press 2007) and Democracy and Governance in Asia (Trans Pacific Press 2006). His articles have appeared in journals including Asian Survey, Journal of Peace Research, Democratization, Party Politics, Japanese Journal of Political Science, and the Journal of East Asian Studies.