Matt McConnell is a researcher in the Economic Justice and Rights Division of Human Rights Watch, whose work focuses on the United States. Most recently, Matt investigated the human rights impacts of US government policies that render life-saving medicines unaffordable for many, documenting how high out-of-pocket costs for insulin contribute to dangerous and potentially lethal medicine rationing, force people to forgo other basic needs, and disproportionately impact socially and economically marginalized groups.
Previously, Matt was a fellow with the US Program and Business and Human Rights Division, where he reported on how federal deregulation threatened to worsen already dangerous working conditions in the meatpacking industry. His research has been cited in a range of outlets, including The New York Times, The Hill, Axios, NBC News, USA Today, Mother Jones, and HBO's Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.
Matt is a graduate of the University of California and Stanford Law School, and was formerly a Peace Corps volunteer in Mongolia. He is currently based in the San Francisco Bay Area.
United States’ Lack of Regulation Fuels Crisis of Unaffordable Insulin
Can Advance Economic Justice, Fix Broken Safety Net, But More Needed
Workers’ Rights Under Threat in US Meat and Poultry Plants