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 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 the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union, or "Brexit". These interviews are available at:
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.
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 presentation, 9 March 2019.