Skip to main content
Expand AU Menu

Matthew Pembleton

Adjunct Professorial Lecturer Department of History

Matthew R. Pembleton is an historian of 20th century America and U.S. foreign relations. His research interests revolve around government, politics and culture, and the relationships between citizen and state and the U.S. and the world. His first book, Containing Addiction: The Federal Bureau of Narcotics and the Origins of America’s Global Drug War (2017), examines the roots of U.S. drug enforcement and the process by which American drug warriors extended their influence to foreign lands while consolidating government power at home. Matt has taught at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Howard Community College, and American University. He also works as a postdoc and consultant at the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. His writing has been featured in the Journal of American Culture, the Journal of Cold War Studies, History News Network, and the Washington Post.


Ph.D - History, American University, 2014; M.A. - History, American University, 2008; B.A. - History and Political Science, St. Mary's College of Maryland, 2003

Contact Info

Send email to Matthew Pembleton

For the Media
To request an interview for a news story, call AU Communications at 202-885-5950 or submit a request.
See Also
Containing Addiction: The Federal Bureau of Narcotics and the Origins of America's Global Drug War
Imagining a Global Sovereignty
The Voice of the Bureau
Twitter: @mattpembleton


  • Summer 2017

  • Fall 2017

  • Spring 2018

    • HIST-396 Selected Topics:Non-Recurring: American Drug Wars
    • Description