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Matthew McCoy

Contact Information

Email    mcy@ucla.edu
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Fields of Study

Sociocultural and Psychocultural Anthropology


Belfast; commemoration; security infrastructure, ethics and morality, colonial and postcolonial theory; theories of violence; political anthropology; folklore; phenomenology and philosophical anthropology; Husserl and Heidegger; Certificate in Experimental Critical Theory


  • (Accepted Pending Edits) McCoy, Matthew. “I will not die on this street: Thinking things over in conflicted Belfast.” Ethos
  • (Under Contract) Duranti, Alessandro and Matthew McCoy. “Language and Creativity, Theoretical Aspects Of: Improvisation.” The International Encyclopedia of Linguistic Anthropology.

Grants and Awards

(extramural in bold)

  • The 2017 Condon Prize for Best Student Essay in Psychological Anthropology, Society for Psychological Anthropology, $500 
  • Hayman Fellowship, The University of California Interdisciplinary Psychoanalytic Consortium, 2016-2017, $10,000
  • Herb York Global Security Fellow, Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC), United States Department of Energy 2015-16, $18,000
  • Dissertation Research Fellowship, Center for European and Russian Studies (CERS) at UCLA, 2016, $4,100
  • Maurice J. & Fay B. Karpf Peace Prize, 2015-2016, $4,000
  • Dean’s European Fellowship, UCLA, 2015-2016 $2,500
  • Graduate Research Mentorship, UCLA, 2014-15, $20,000
  • Graduate Summer Research Mentorship, UCLA, Summer 2014, $6,000
  • Graduate Summer Research Mentorship, UCLA, Summer 2013, $6,000
  • UC Berkeley Anthropology Fellowship, 2012, $6,00

Conference Presentations

“For the Time Being, a Good Enough Irish Republican.” 116th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Washington, DC, Nov 29-Dec 3. (accepted)

“The Pessimism of Courage.” Fragile Formations, University of Copenhagen and UCLA Workshop on Co-Fragility, Los Angeles June 14, 2017

“Underexposed Being: a Photographer’s Phenomenology of Self.” Crisis and the Ordinary, University of Amsterdam, Department of Anthropology, Amsterdam April 4-7, 2017

“The Irish Question.” Society for Psychological Anthropology, New Orleans, March 9-12, 2017

“Experiencing the Peace Walls: Ethics, Security, and Segregation in Post-Conflict Belfast.” Herb York Global Security Fellows Symposium, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore CA, June 9‒10, 2016

“‘Walls in the Mind’: Ethical Experience, Segregation, and the Peace Walls in Post-Conflict Belfast.” Society for Psychological Anthropology, Boston, MA April 9-12, 2015

“Phenomenological Methods and Anthropology: Husserl, Heidegger, and Sloterdijk.” MerBears Conference.  UCSD, San Diego, CA April 19, 2014

“Occupying the Archive: Curating Protest Lore from Social Movements at Berkeley.” On Activism and Academia: A Graduate Student Conference.  Stanford University, Stanford,CA October 11-12, 2012.

“The Possibility of the Pagan in the Old Irish Otherworld.” Western States Folklore Society 71st Annual Conference.  Sacramento State University, Sacramento, CA April 19-21, 2012. 

“Inventing the Secular: Martin Luther’s Vernacular Theology.”  Western States Folklore Society 70th Annual Conference. University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA April 14-17, 2011.

“Ecology of the Otherworld and the Construction of the Pagan Body in Aided  Muirchertaig Meic Erca ('The Violent Death of Muirchertach Son of Erc').”  The 33rd  Annual University of California Celtic Conference.  University of California, Berkeley,CA  April 1-2, 2011.


C. Jason Throop (chair)
Akhil Gupta
Douglas Hollan

MA Committee (UC Berkeley)
Daniel F. Melia (chair)
Charles L. Briggs
Stefania Pandolfo

MFA Committee (SJSU)
Paul Douglas
Robert Cullen
William Wilson



B.A.,University of Washington (2004)
M.F.A., San Jose State University (2010 )
M.A., University of California Berkeley (2012)