- Ph.D., M.P.P., Georgetown University; B.A., Princeton University
- Matthew Taylor is an associate professor at the School of International Service at American University. He is the author or co-editor of four books and a variety of articles on crime, corruption, courts, and the political economy of development in Latin America. His most recent book is Decadent Developmentalism: The Political Economy of Democratic Brazil (Cambridge University Press, 2020). Taylor is currently completing a manuscript tentatively entitled Brazilian Politics on Trial: Corruption and Reform under Democracy, co-authored with Luciano Da Ros. Taylor is director of the Brazil Research Initiative at American University. He has held fellowships at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars and as an Adjunct Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. Taylor was raised in Spain, Guatemala, and the Dominican Republic, and has also lived in Chile and Brazil. He worked in Brazil for more than a decade, including serving on the faculty of political science at the University of São Paulo from 2006-2011.
SISU-106 First Year Seminar: Game Changers