Matthew Davis is an Eric & Wendy Schmidt Fellow at New America. He will write a book about the Gallaudet University football team, the education of the deaf and hard-of-hearing, and the changing nature of deaf identity. He is currently the founding director of The Alan Cheuse International Writers Center at George Mason University. Previously, he has been a fellow at The Black Mountain Institute at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas and a Fulbright fellow to Syria and Jordan. He holds an MFA in nonfiction writing from the University of Iowa, an MA in international relations from The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and is the award-winning author of When Things Get Dark: A Mongolian Winters Tale.