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 managing partner at SREO Research in Turkey, which analyzes aid effectiveness and impact for the United Nations, the World Food Programme, and dozens of NGOs involved in the regional refugee humanitarian response to ensure aid is getting to those who need it most.
In the Summer of 2016, he launched the Spaced Repetition Foundation.
One of the first Americans invited into Iran after the 2015 nuclear deal to study, he successfully completed an intensive Farsi-immersion program at Tehran University, which he first walked through while visiting Tehran as a tourist in 2010. He was also briefly imprisoned in Evin as he was leaving the country for his association with the Woodrow Wilson Center, where he worked as an intern briefly after college and which was well-known to the Iranians who admitted him, employees of which have repeatedly been arrested on baseless accusations, including Haleh Esfandiari and Siamak Namazi.
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.
He 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 / Anderson Cooper's AC360, 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 was a part of the team that helped the Iraqi National Rowing Team win one Iraq's first medals in the Asian Games.
Among his many failures, Matt's inability to adequately support the Afghan National Rowing team lies will always feature prominently. Despite the refugee athletes winning medals on the world stage for Afghanistan in 2002 and again in 2003 paired with four years of concerted assistance while he was in Kabul, the effort failed to catch flame, and will always remain a sore spot despite the invaluable lessons learned in building organizations.
Matt graduated from Boston University in 2008 with a degree in International Relations. In 2014, he received the Distinguished Young Alumni Award, the highest honor given to alumni less than 50 years old, from his alma mater for his work overseas. He is also a member of the Boston University College of General Studies Dean's Advisory Council.