Matthew Holden Jr., worked as an associate professor teaching political science at Wayne State University. He has also worked on various projects including the Ford Foundation, U.S. Senate Subcommitte on Employment, Manpower, and Poverty.
Holden was born in Mound Bayou, Mississippi. He attended the University of Chicago where he received his B.A. He later attended Rosevelt Univerity, 1953 where he received his M.A., and a PhD from Northwestern University in 1956. He also served in the Korean War from 1955 to 1957.
After completing his studies, he was hired as a research associate for the Ohio government. He later worked as an associate professor teaching political science at Wayne State University, the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Vermont, and as professor at the University of Wisconsin.
His other various work projects included the Ford Foundation, social science analysis in urban conflict, the U.S. Public Health Service, and the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Employment, Manpower, and Poverty.
He was a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAUP), American Political Association, the American Society for Public Administration, the Law and Society Association, Midwest Political Society Association, and Southwestern Social Science Association.
Holden contributed to journals and wrote Pollution Control as a Bargaining Process (1966) and The Republican Crisis: Race and Politics in America (1970). Holden retired in 2002.