Connelly, Matthew


Office Hours

Spring 2024: ON SABBATICAL


Ph.D — Yale University, 1997
B.A. — Columbia University, 1990


Interests and Research

Matthew Connelly is a professor of international and global history at Columbia University, and has been co-director of its social science research center, the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy, since 2016. Connelly is also the principal investigator of History Lab, a project that uses data science to analyze state secrecy, with a focus on intelligence, surveillance, and weapons of mass destruction. Previously, from 2009-2013, Connelly directed the Hertog Global Strategy Initiative, a research program on the history and future of planetary threats, including nuclear war, pandemics, and climate change. His publications include A Diplomatic Revolution: Algeria's Fight for Independence and the Origins of the Post-Cold War Era, which won five prizes, Fatal Misconception: The Struggle to Control World Population, an Economist and Financial Times book of the year, and The Declassification Engine: What History Reveals about America’s Top Secrets, which was published in February by Random House. Connelly received his B.A. from Columbia in 1990 and earned his Ph.D. from Yale in 1997. Since then, he has been a professor at the University of Michigan and the London School of Economics, and has also held visiting positions at the University of Oslo, the University of Sydney, the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris, and the Fundação Getulio Vargas in Rio de Janeiro. Connelly has written research articles in Nature-Human Behaviour, the Annals of Applied Statistics, Comparative Studies in Society and History, The International Journal of Middle East Studies, The American Historical Review, The Review française d'histoire d'Outre-mer, the Journal of Global History, and Past & Present. His courses include “The History of the End of the World,” and “The Future as History.”