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Matthew McCoy

Contact Information

Email    mcy@ucla.edu
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Fields of Study

Sociocultural and Medical Anthropology


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


  • (Forthcoming) McCoy, Matthew. “I will not die on this street: Thinking things over in conflicted Belfast.” Ethos
  • (Forthcoming) 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


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)