Matthew Bonham

Professor Emeritus, Political Science at Syracuse University


  • Syracuse University



Syracuse University

Affiliated Faculty Member, International Relations Program, Maxwell School


Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1967


International relations, public diplomacy, international political communications, foreign policy decision-making, linguistic analysis, the European Union, Scandinavia, the Russian Federation, Iran, U.S. foreign policy in the Islamic World

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Matt offers courses on comparative foreign policy and the analysis of political texts, advanced public diplomacy, as well as strategic planning, implementation and evaluation in International Affairs.


“The ‘War on Terrorism’: Comparing the Linguistic Formulations of Japanese and Russian Officials,” Presented at the 9th Annual International Conference «Public Administration in the XXI Century: Traditions and Innovations» School of Public Administration, Lomonosov Moscow State University, May 26, 2011, Moscow, Russian Federation.

“The ‘Collective Mind’ of the Obama Administration: Figures of Speech and Central Concepts of Obama’s Approach to the Islamic World,” (with Daniel Heradstveit and Victor M. Sergeev), Presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP), Istanbul, Turkey, July 9th - 12th, 2011.

"Obama and the Muslim World, "Presented at the Conference on American Government: US Policy from Presidential Elections to Shifting Paradigm in the Middle East, The American University of Sharjah, Dubai, October 9, 2011.

“From Axis of Evil to a New Beginning: Discourses of Bush and Obama.” Paper to be
presented at the International Society of Political Psychology, Annual Convention,
July 2010.

“What the Axis of Evil Metaphor Did to Iran,” (with Daniel Heradstveit), Middle
East Journal 61 (2007), pp. 421-440.

“The CCDL PROJECT: Learning Across Borders in a Networked Culture” (with M.
Nakano) in Malcolm H. Field and James Fegan (eds.), Education Across Borders,
Tokyo: Waseda University Press, 2005, 259-276.

"The ''Axis of Evil'' Metaphor and the Restructuring of Iranian Views Toward the
US,” (with Daniel Heradstveit) Journal of the European Society for Iranian Studies
1 (2005), pp. 89-105.

"The Psychology of Corruption in Azerbaijan and Iran” in D. Heradstveit and H. Hveem (eds.), Oil in the Gulf. Obstacles to Democracy and Development. Aldershot and Burlington: Ashgate, 2004, 72-99. 

Research Interests

Matt works in the areas of public diplomacy and international political communications. His research interests include foreign policy decision-making, international negotiation, the Russian Federation, textual analysis, and alternative futures. He is currently conducting research on how we talk about the "war on terrorism."

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