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Matt Bonham is Professor of Political Science and Co-Director of the Newhouse-Maxwell Public Diplomacy Program in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. The Maxwell School is a member of APSIA, The Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs.Matt's research has focused on the problem of representing and comparing the cognitive maps of policy officials, and the use of such representations to develop computer models of foreign policy decision-making. His recent research has examined cultural factors in international communication as reflected in figurative language, such as metaphor and metonymy. He is currently conducting research on communicative aspects of the "War on Terrorism."
Matt was a Fellow at the USC Center on Public Diplomacy, and he is also a member of the International Studies Association (ISA), the American Political Science Association (APSA), the International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP), and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC).
Recent Papers"Norway and Turkey: Possibilities of Cooperation through the Eyes of Turkish Opinion-Makers" (with Daniel Heradstveit and Siri Neset),
All Azimuth: A Journal of Foregn Policy and Peace, Volume 2, No. 1 (2013), 5-20. Article: Flash
President Obama Talks about the Arab Spring: Narrative and Metaphor," Symposium on Warring with Words: Narrative and Metaphor in Domestic and International Politics, Claremont Graduate University, March 2012. Paper: PDF | PPT
"The Rhetoric of Hegemony"
(with Siri Merethe Neset and
Daniel Heradstveit), Paper
presented at the International Society of Political Psychology, Annual Convention, July 2011.
"The 'Collective Mind' of the Obama Administration: Central Concepts and Figures of Speech of Obama’s Approach to the Islamic World" (with Daniel Heradstveit and Victor M. Sergeev), Paper presented at the International Society of Political Psychology, Annual Convention, July 2011. Paper: PDF | Word | PPT
“From Axis of Evil to a New Beginning: Discourses of Bush and Obama” (with Daniel Heradstveit). Paper presented at the International Society of Political Psychology, Annual Convention, July 2010. Paper:
Word | PDF | Presentation
"The 'War on Terrorism":
"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, Volume 1 (2005). Article: Word | PDF | PowerPoint
"The Psychology of Corruption in Azerbaijan and Iran" (with Daniel Heradstveit), in D. Heradstveit and H. Hveem (eds.), Oil in the Gulf: Obstacles to Democracy and Development. Aldershot and Burlington: Ashgate, 2004, 72-99. Chapter: Word | PowerPoint | Web
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