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Matthew Zelina

DPhil in International Relations

I’m an International Relations DPhil candidate at Nuffield College, University of Oxford. My research aims to uncover what makes non-state armed groups successful, with a focus on the role of ideology, group cohesion, and leadership. A major part of my research will be developing a meaningful metric to measure ideology in an armed group context.

Before arriving at Nuffield, I was an officer in the Canadian Armed Forces for just short of ten years where I was an armour reconnaissance troop leader and an air strike specialist. I also worked for a King’s College London think-tank which specialises in open-source intelligence research in the security and nuclear non-proliferation field. I hold a BA in English Literature from the Royal Military College of Canada and an MSc in Conflict Studies from the London School of Economics.

Matthew Zelina


Matthew Zelina (with Livia Schubiger) 2017. 'Ideology in Armed Groups,' PS: Political Science & Politics, 50(4), 948-952