Department of Political Science

Matthew Clary

Matthew Clary Senior Lecturer
7094 Haley Center
(334) 844-6242

Office Hours

  • Monday 9am-10am
  • Wednesday 9am-10am
  • Thursday 1pm-2pm
  • Friday 9am-10am


Dr. Clary teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in international relations and comparative politics, specializing in courses on national and international security and foreign policy. His research specializes in international security and foreign policy, with a central focus on the reputational processes by which nation-states become designated as 'pariahs' or 'rogues' and how they may become rehabilitated into the international community. He is also interested in democratization processes in other nations and how such changes influence national reputations in the international system. Finally, he is interested in the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL), with primary attention paid to the use of simulations and role-playing to enhance the undergraduate learning experience. Prior to coming to Auburn, Dr. Clary worked as the Grants Coordinator for the School of Public and International Affairs and the Grady College of Journalism at the University of Georgia, where he helped write and/or coordinate over 120 outgoing grant proposals and 30+ awards amounting to over $7 million over 2 years. He earned his PhD from the University of Georgia.

Representative Publications

Howard J. Wiarda and Matthew Q. Clary, “Premature Democracy: Waking up to the Reality of Incomplete Democratic Transitions in Latin America,” Brown Journal of World Affairs, Vol.17, No.1: 89-98.
Matthew Q. Clary, “Transitions to Democracy: Grand Theory or Grand Approach?” in Howard J. Wiarda (ed.) Grand Theory and Ideology in the Social Sciences. New York: Palgrave-Macmillan).

Classes Taught

  • POLI 1050: Introduction to Global Politics and Issues
  • POLI 3090: Introduction to International Relations
  • POLI 3160: U.S. National Security

Last Updated: March 04, 2022