Matthew Benchimol was born and raised in Gainesville, FL. After High School, he attended the University of Central Florida (UCF) and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Pre-Law and obtained two minors in History and Anthropology. Eventually, he found himself back at UCF to obtain a Master of Arts in Political Science, International Studies. Upon graduation, Matthew commssioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Active Duty Component through UCF Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) in May of 2015. After fulfilling his three year active duty commitment, he decided to return back to his hometown and pursue a Doctorate of Philosophy in Political Science at the University of Florida – and continue his new found passion for research.

Matthew’s research interests are broad. His previous interests were in Latin American politics and political methodology. Broadly, that research examined ways to integrate interdisciplinary approaches to find the nexus between the psycho-social identity in post conflict societies. Matthew’s true passion is as a technologist and data scientist. His hope is to pursue an advanced degree in Science and Technology Policy in order to research ways to get people of low income backgrounds more involved in technological innovation and entrepreneurial business formation.