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Anna Maria College announces that Matthew Hinds-Aldrich, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in Fire Science and Interim Director, Fire Science Programs, has been named one of the top 15 arson investigation professors by created this list to identify professors who have proven themselves as talented investigators and educators. The majority of those identified have decades of experience working in fire management and investigation, in addition to extensive work with training and teaching.

According to, the job of an arson investigator is essential when it comes to determining the cause of any suspicious fire.  Arson investigators may work for fire departments, law enforcement agencies, or even insurance companies. While most training was once done "on the job," the tides have since shifted towards more formal, academic training in investigative procedures and fire science.

Professor Hinds-Aldrich has been associated with Anna Maria College since 2011.  He is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University where he also received his master's of science.  He obtained his PhD from the University of Kent at Canterbury in the United Kingdom.  Professor Hinds-Aldrich's doctoral research focused on arson investigation, specifically on the phenomenon of firefighter arsonists. In addition to his duties as an assistant professor at AMC, he is on the Board of Directors of the non-profit Fire 20/20, which aims to increase diversity in fire service.