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Matthew Vanderschuere

American University


Last updated: Oct 23, 2013

Matthew Vanderschuere is a PhD student and research assistant at American University, School of Public Affairs. His research interests include the effects of budget cuts on organizational management and motivation within public organizations. Prior to beginning his Ph.D., Matt served six years in the United States Air Force working predominately with the Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile system with over 175 nuclear alert tours. He served as a flight commander for the 320th Missile Squadron and completed his active duty as the chief of operations evaluator training for 20th Air Force. He continues to serve as a public affairs officer in the United States Air Force Reserves for the Secretary of the Air Force’s public affairs office. Matt was a member of the 2012 class of the Foreign Policy Initiative’s Future Leader Program and has published editorials in Time.com.  In August 2013, Matt was elected as the Air Force Junior Vice President for the Reserve Officers Association. Matt received his Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Colorado, Denver and earned his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the United States Air Force Academy. Additionally, he is a distinguished graduate from the Defense Information School Public Affairs Qualification Course, and he received two advanced certificates from the Defense Nuclear Weapons School on nuclear weapons operations and nuclear surety.

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