Dr. Matthew Hartman
Dr. Hartman earned his B.A. from the University of California at Berkley, graduating magna cum laude in 1990. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. at the Johns Hopkins University, completing his studies with a doctoral dissertation entitled “Commonplaces: toward a political topogeography of culture. Carl Schmitt, Kant, and topics in political philosophy” in 1997.
Subsequently, Dr. Hartman worked as a project and program manager and political analyst for intergovernmental organizations, primarily in the Balkans. He helped establish the South East European University in Tetovo, (Former Yugoslav Republic of) Macedonia, under the auspices of the then Higher Commissioner on National Minorities of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). He also worked for the International Commission on Missing Persons in Bosnia and Herzegovina; served as Deputy Director of the Department for Democratization at the OSCE Mission in Kosovo; and as Chief Political, Public Affairs and Reporting Officer at the OSCE Presence in Albania.
He has been directing SIU’s International Relations and Diplomacy program since July 2013 in addition to teaching courses in his areas of expertise and related topics. Dr. Hartman’s areas of interest and research include intellectual history, in particular the history of international and constitutional law, political philosophy, ethics and the relationship between practice and theory in the field. He is currently working on a study of the Council of Europe’s doctrine of Local Self-governance as a conceptual framework, or paradigm, for rethinking sovereignty (state, regional, local, municipal, individual) in the context of emerging supra-state strata.