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Matthew Holden

Title: Political Scientist, Educator, Arbitrator, Energy Consultant

Location: Jackson, Mississippi, United States

Matthew Holden, Political Scientist, Educator, Arbitrator and Energy Consultant, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in political science education.

For more than five decades, Dr. Holden remained an integral figure in the academic and political organization areas. Prior to retiring, he served as the Wepner Distinguished Professor in Political Science at the University of Illinois at Springfield from 2009 to 2015. In the academic sphere, he also was known for leading classes as the Henry L. and Grace M. Doherty Professor of Government and Foreign Affairs at the University of Virginia, as well as teaching at the University of Wisconsin, the University of Pittsburgh and Wayne State University. His expertise in the political sector has resulted in involvement with several commissions and committees. Dr. Holden was Commissioner of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission from 1977 to 1981 and has served as a member with the US Air Quality Advisory Board. He was a Director of Atlantic Energy, Inc. and a member on the panel on commercial arbitration with the American Arbitration Association.

With an interest in history and politics stemming from when he was seven years old, Dr. Holden was encouraged and supported by his family. He translated this passion into his own education, earning a Bachelor of Arts from Roosevelt University in 1952, and a Master of Arts and PhD from Northwestern University in 1956 and 1961, respectively. In 1973, he published “The Divisible Republic,” and he has edited numerous publications, such as, “What Answer,” “Varieties of Political Conservatism,” and the National Political Science Review. As a scholar, publishing his two academic articles has been a highlight of his career, as well as the times he worked in government and consulted for organizations.

In 1985, Dr. Holden was honored with an LLD from Tuskegee University. He has also been recognized with an LLD from Roosevelt University in 2006, and an LHD from the Virginia Theological Seminary. In his career, he served as President of the American Political Science Association, the Policy Studies Organization and as a board member of the Social Science Council. His primary fields of interest are executive politics and public administration and public policy, and he continues to advocate a strong connection between the content of political science and the worlds of both private and public government. Dr. Holden served in the artillery division of the US Army from 1966 to 1957. He was the keynote speaker at the Abraham Lincoln Association in 2015 and has been a member of the standing committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia.

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