Dr Matthew Lewis is a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Centre for the History of Violence at the University of Newcastle, Australia. Until September 2013, he was an ERC Postdoctoral Fellow working on the project 'The Limits of Demobilization'. His current research project is a comparative study of British paramilitarism in Ireland and Palestine after the First World War.
In 2014, Dr Lewis will publish his first book, Frank Aiken’s War: The Irish Revolution, 1916-23 (Dublin: UCD Press). Based on research for his 2011 doctoral thesis, it explores the controversial revolutionary past of one of independent Ireland's most prominent politicians and international statesmen, and the broader context of republican politics and violence in the borderlands of south-east Ulster amid the upheavals of revolution, partition and civil war.