Matt Trevithick

writer, author, researcher


Matt Trevithick worked as the Director of Communications at the American University of Afghanistan from 2010 to 2014. Previously, he worked at the American University of Iraq. He is currently the co-founder and director of research at SREO Research in Turkey, which analyzes aid effectiveness for the United Nations, the World Food Programme, and more than a dozen NGOs involved in the regional refugee humanitarian response.

One of the first Americans admitted into Iran after the 2015 nuclear deal, he received a Farsi certificate from an intensive language program at Tehran University. He also spent 41 days in Iran's notorious Evin prison, mainly in solitary confinement, on baseless accusations related to overthrowing the Iranian government.

His first book is the autobiography of Afghanistan's first Minister of Higher Education after the fall of the Taliban, with a foreword written by US Ambassador Ryan Crocker.

His is also the co-host of Sources and Methods, a bi-weekly podcast which interviews leading writers and researchers and discusses their research strategies and tools. 

Before going overseas, he worked as a writer and researcher at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington, DC for Rock The Casbah: Rage and Rebellion Across the Muslim World by Robin Wright, which won an Overseas Press Club award for Best Non-Fiction Title in 2012, as well as at Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies. His work has been featured in The Atlantic, Time Magazine, Men's Journal, NPR, CNN, PBS NewsHour, Foreign Policy Magazine, the Daily Beast, the Wall St. Journal, The Christian Science Monitor, and The Chronicle of Higher Education, in addition to research publications. He speaks Farsi and can get by in Russian and Arabic, and has lived and traveled across the Middle East, Central Asia, and Africa, including Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, and Mali. He has a silver medal from the 2008 Head of the Charles Regatta, and has coached the Iraqi and Afghan national rowing teams.

Matt graduated from Boston University in 2008 with a degree in International Relations