British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, COMPAS
Matthew Porges is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow. His project explores the relationship between migration, activism, and political imagination in Central Europe and the Balkans, primarily Slovenia.
Matthew completed a PhD in Social Anthropology at the University of St Andrews in 2021. His doctoral research explored the political legacy of nomadic pastoralism in Mauritania and Western Sahara. During his PhD, he completed visiting fellowships at Harvard’s Department of Anthropology, Oxford’s Refugee Studies Centre, and the Université de Nouakchott’s Laboratoire d'Études et de Recherches Historiques. Since 2014, Matthew has carried out fieldwork in Mauritania, Western Sahara, Algeria, and Morocco.
Before starting his PhD, Matthew worked for the non-profit diplomatic advisory firm Independent Diplomat in Brussels, Belgium. His freelance reporting has appeared in the London Review of Books, Jadaliyya, and elsewhere.