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Matthew Moten

  • Colonel
  • US Army


    Matthew Moten, PhD, a colonel in the U.S. Army, teaches history at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York, where he first began instructing in the early 1990s, where he is now a professor of history and professor, USMA. An accomplished book author, speechwriter, and military leader, Dr. Matthew Moten graduated from West Point in 1982 and subsequently furthered his education at Rice University, where he earned a master's degree and a PhD in history. During his military career, Matthew Moten, PhD, served on assignment in Kuwait, at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, and at the Pentagon. He worked as a speechwriter and legislative advisor to General Eric Shinseki, former Army Chief of Staff, before joining West Point as a professor. Dr. Moten possesses several military commendations and awards, including a Legion of Merit and a Bronze Star. As a history researcher and author, Matthew Moten, PhD, edited the 2011 book Between War and Peace: How America Ends Its Wars and directed The West Point History of Warfare project. His newest book, Presidents and Generals, published by Harvard University Press, will come out in 2014.

    Professional experience


    US Army

    May 1982 - Present



    Rice University

    July 1989 - May 1991(2 years)