Dr. Matthew Cole is an international trade economist who specializes in strategic trade policy, the political economy of trade, and trade flows. Matthew joins the economics faculty after spending three years as an assistant professor at Florida International University. Prior to that, he was an assistant professor at University College Dublin in Ireland. He grew up in Iowa and earned his B.A. from the University of Northern Iowa in 2001, received his M.A. from the University of Iowa in 2003 and his Ph.D. from the University of Oregon in 2009. Matthew has taught numerous classes from Principles of Microeconomics to Graduate Microeconomics at the Ph.D. level.