Matt Blanchard is a doctoral student at the Annenberg School for Communication, at the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia. His work at PCMLP examines the relationship between the media and state-building in Africa, specifically in the case of Somaliland, a breakaway region of Somalia, and Kenya. Blanchard comes to academia from the newspaper business, having been a staff writer at the Philadelphia Inquirer until 2005. He holds an undergraduate degree from Penn in Urban Studies and was an adjunct professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia before attending Annenberg.