European History: Britain, Ireland, 19th and 20th century Europe, Anglo-American relations
Kevin Matthews earned a Ph.D. in History at the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2000. Earlier, he received a B.A. in History at Northern Kentucky University, and master’s degrees from the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce at the University of Kentucky and the American University in International Relations and Journalism, respectively. In 2003-2004, he was the Visiting Professor of British History at American University.
Dr. Matthews was also an editorial writer for several newspapers in the United States and Italy; he was U.S. correspondent for Vatican Radio and, later, reported on British and Irish news from London for the network. More recently, he has appeared on China Global Television Network's "The World Today" and "Global Business" newscasts to discuss British politics and the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union, or "Brexit". He has also been interviewed about these issues on "Morning Wave in Busan", South Korea's daily English-language radio news program. These interviews are available via:
"MORNING WAVE IN BUSAN" INTERVIEWS:
1009 2019-08-06 Brexit updates BeFM
1050 2019-10-22 Brexit BeFM
1082 2019-12-17 UKs General election BeFM
1097 2020-01-15 Prince Harry & Meghan's Departure BeFM
1107 2020-02-04 Brexit BeFM
1137 2020-03-26 Special COVID-19 Report: the US BeFM
1147 2020-04-14 COVID-19 Special Report: the U.S. BeFM
CHINA GLOBAL TELEVISION NETWORK APPEARANCES:
10 December 2018 - UK Parliament delays Brexit vote
15 January 2019 - British Parliament defeats Brexit deal
15 January 2019 - Theresa May faces “no confidence” vote
12 March 2019 - UK lawmakers reject new Brexit withdrawal measure
13 March 2019 - Has Theresa May lost control of the Conservative Party?
29 March 2019 - Fallout from Brexit negotiations
3 May 2019 - Impact of local elections on British politics
23 May 2019 - EU Parliament election results
3 June 2019 - U.S. President Trump visits the UK
9 July 2019 - British Conservative Party leadership debate
23 July 2019 - British Prime Minister Theresa May’s legacy
28 July 2019 - Prospects for Boris Johnson premiership
29 August 2019 - Options for British withdrawal from the European Union
2 September 2019 - UK lawmakers’ opposition to no-deal Brexit
4 September 2019 - British Parliament rejects UK crash-out from EU
19 October 2019 - UK Parliament delays Brexit vote
25 October 2019 - Latest twists and turns in Brexit saga
13 December 2019 - Implications of Boris Johnson election victory
25 January 2020 - U.S. hopes to reach new UK trade deal
31 January 2020 - UK formally leaves European Union
8 February 2020 - Republic of Ireland election results
Dr. Matthews is currently working on a book-length study of the role played by the Irish conflict in the career of Winston Churchill.
“Churchill and the Ulster Unionists: 1918-25", in Robert McNamara (ed.), The Churchills in Ireland, 1660-1965: Connections and Controversies (Irish Academic Press, 2012)
Fatal Influence: The Impact of Ireland on British Politics, 1920-1925 (Dublin, 2004)
“Stanley Baldwin’s ‘Irish Question”, The Historical Journal, Vol. 43, 4 (Cambridge, 2000), pp. 1027-49
Wrote the “Black and Tans and Auxiliaries”, “Michael Collins”, “Eamon de Valera”, “Easter Rising”, and (co-wrote) “Ireland” entries in Spencer C. Tucker (ed.), The Encyclopedia of World War I (Santa Barbara, California, 2005)
Dr Matthews has also written numerous book reviews for Cercles: Revue pluridiscipline du monde anglophone, History: Reviews of New Books, and H-Net Reviews, as well as opinion columns as a freelance writer for several newspapers.
In September 2019, he was interviewed by TIME magazine about the historical accuracy of the film "Downton Abbey". The article can be found at:
HIST 100: Survey of Western Civilization
HIST 120: Survey of U.S. History
HIST 122: Development of Modern America
HIST 309: Europe in Crisis, 1914-1948
HIST 322: Survey of Modern Britain
HIST 388: Ethnic Conflict & Democracy: Britain & Ireland, 1900-2000
HIST 388: Britain, 1900-1970 - The Boers to the Beatles
HIST 389: Era of the Second World War
HIST 606: Themes in Modern Europe II
HIST 635: From Peace to War to Welfare State: Great Britain, 1900-1956
HIST 635: The European Civil War, 1900-1945
“Churchill & Partition”, Paper presented at The Churchills and Ireland: An International Conference at the University of Ulster, Belfast, 18-19 June 2009.
"The European Civil War: 1900-1945", Smithsonian Associates presentation, 11 June 2018.
"Churchill: The Man Behind the Myths", Smithsonian Associates (daylong) presentation, 9 March 2019.
"The Battle of Britain", Smithsonian Associates presentation, 21 November 2019.