Matthew Hughes studied Geography and History as an undergraduate at the School of Oriental and African Studies and International Relations as a postgraduate at the London School of Economics. He completed his ESRC-funded PhD in 1995 under the supervision of Professors Brian Bond and Brian Holden Reid in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London on the strategy surrounding the British campaign in Palestine in the First World War in Palestine. After a spell as an intern with the International Institute for Strategic Studies, Professor Hughes lectured at the universities of Northampton and Salford before coming to Brunel University in 2005. Professor Hughes has been a British Academy funded visiting fellow at the American University in Cairo, the American University in Beirut and at Tel Aviv University. He spent two years as the Marine Corps University Foundation-funded Maj-Gen Matthew C. Horner Distinguished Chair in Military Theory at the US Marine Corps University, Quantico, 2008-10. He is currently working on British counter-insurgency in Palestine in the 1930s. He has a PGCE in History from Cardiff University.