Dr. Mathews earned her Ph.D. at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs in 2003. She studies gender and American political development, women and politics, and political behavior. Her article, “The Political Development of Female Civic Engagement in Postwar America,” was recently published in Politics & Gender. Dr. Mathews teaches courses in American politics, including Gender, Politics & Policy, the American Presidency, and Civic Engagement & Political Participation. She also teaches Introduction to American National Government, which includes a service learning partnership between Muhlenberg college students and a local elementary school.