Academic Title

Assistant Professor of Practice

Research Summary

Matthew Cohen’s research is focused on examining how states and non-state actors use cyber-space to both promote their interests and defend against attacks. His work is focused on examining the policies and decisions that actors make that have been successful or unsuccessful in defending and promoting their interests around the world and then developing policy recommendations that will further these actors’ goals.

  • Ph.D., Political Science, Northeastern University
  • A.L.M., Government Harvard University
  • B.A., Politics and Sociology, Brandeis University
Areas of Expertise
  • International Relations
  • Comparative Politics
  • Cyber Policy
  • Middle East
  • Russian Foreign Policy
Recent Publications

Matthew S. Cohen and Charles D. Freilich. “War by Other Means: Modeling the Delegitimization Campaign against Israel.” Israel Affairs, Volume 24, Issue 1, 2018

Matthew S. Cohen. “Trump and Jerusalem – An Opportunity for Turkey.” The Strategist. Volume 1, January 2018.

Matthew S. Cohen, Charles D. Freilich, and Gabi Siboni. “‘Four Big ‘Ds’ and a Little ‘r’: A New Model for Cyber Defense.” Cyber, Intelligence, and Security, Volume 1, Number 1, 2017

Aeshna Badruzzaman, Matthew S. Cohen, Sidita Kushi. “Contending Image Framings of Equality, Nationalism, and Religion in Turkey’s Headscarf Debate: A Mixed-Methods Approach.” Mediterranean Quarterly, Volume 28, Issue 3, 2017

Matthew S. Cohen. “The US Response to North Korea – The Cyber Option.” E-International relations (online), August 7, 2017,

Matthew S. Cohen, “Ahmet Davutoğlu’s Academic and Professional Articles: Understanding the World View of Turkey’s Former Prime Minister.” Turkish Studies, Volume 17, Issue 4, 2016

Matthew S. Cohen, Charles D. Freilich, and Gabi Siboni. “Israel and Cyberspace: Unique Threat and Response.” International Studies Perspectives, Volume 17, 2016

Michael Becker, Matthew S. Cohen, Ian McManus, and Sidita Kushi. “Reviving the Russian

Empire: the Crimean Intervention through a Neoclassical Realist Lens.” European Security. Volume 24, Issue 4, 2015

Matthew S. Cohen. “Israel’s Big Decision: Time to Take Hamas Out?” The National Interest (online), July 30, 2014,

Honors and Awards

2016 Recipient of the Northeastern University College of Social Sciences and Humanities Outstanding Teaching Award: Graduate Student