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Matthew LeRiche

GLC Director 2017


Research and Technology Center, 307-D



Prior to joining Ohio University, Matthew LeRiche, Ph.D., served as a visiting assistant professor in the Political Science Department at the Memorial University of Newfoundland. Among his other positions, he has served as a Fellow in Managing Humanitarianism at the International Development Department of the London School of Economics.

His coauthored book, “South Sudan: From Revolution to Independence,” published by Hurst and Co. and Oxford University Press, explains how South Sudan became the world’s newest state. He has also written about the approach of integrating armed groups after peace agreements and other aspects of post-conflict security sector reform as a part of peace building. In addition, LeRiche works as adviser on defense education supporting security sector reform programming. 

As an expert analyst of Sudan, South Sudan and East African political and security issues, LeRiche contributes to various publications, including the Huffington Post and Global Brief, and frequently comments on camera regarding African politics, development and security issues. He also has produced and written several documentary films about Sudan and South Sudan.

LeRiche is also an experienced political risk analyst who has worked for insurance companies and risk management firms. His focus has been primarily on East and Central Africa but he also has an interest in Central Asia. In his work, he engages in emergency planning work, most recently concluding the emergency plan for the Port of St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada.

He earned his Ph.D. and Masters of Research Department of War Studies at King’s College London, and his B.A. in Political Science and Law & Society at the Memorial University of Newfoundland.