Matthew put his Russian major to use when he studied abroad in Moscow, Russia. While abroad, he found time to travel the country, which led to an in-depth research project exploring the prevalence of domestic Russian tourism and the geopolitical factors that influenced its rise.
"I was visiting so many tourist destinations and became very interested in who else was visiting. Internal tourism seemed very popular. My research developed around studying the overarching tourism habits of Russia, and how geopolitical happenings were affecting that."