Political Science

A. Lanethea Mathews-Schultz Political Science
Department Chair and Professor of Political Science

    

Contact Information:
lanetheamathews-schultz@muhlenberg.edu
484-664-3737
Ettinger Building 308A

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Courses Taught:

  • Introduction to American National Government
  • US Congress
  • American Presidency
  • Gender, Politics & Policy
  • Gender & Global Politics
  • Political Science Senior Seminar

Education:

  • M.A., Ph.D. Syracuse University
  • B.A. Hamilton College

Background:

Dr. Mathews's areas of interest include gender and American political development, political behavior, institutions, and the scholarship of
teaching and learning in political science. She is particularly interested in understanding how, when, and with what consequence relationships between citizens and political institutions change over time.  A current project examines the post World War II internationalization of interests in the United States.

Dr. Mathews is also an active research in the Lehigh Valley Research Consortium, a position from which she has completed several community research projects on public health, older adults, and the needs of people with disabilities living in the Lehigh Valley.

In the classroom, Dr. Mathews has recently developed a new first year seminar focusing on American electoral politics in which she and her students publish weekly on blogspot. In each of her classes, Dr. Mathews has been experimenting with the value social media may add to learning about government and politics.

Recent Publications:

“The Limits of Medicaid Reform in Pennsylvania: Thinking Regionally About Access to Insurance and Health Care Under the Affordable Care Act," co-authored with Michele Deegan.Commonwealth: A Journal of Pennsylvania Politics and Policy, November 2016.

 “See Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, and Sarah Palin Run? Party, Ideology, and the Influence of Female Role Models on Young Women,” co-authored with Mack Mariani (Xavier University) and Bryan Marshall (Miami University of Ohio), Political Research Quarterly 68 (December 2015): 716-731.

 “Building Community While Complying with the Affordable Care Act: A Case Study of a Regional Community Health Assessment in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania,” co-authored with Bonnie S. Coyle and Michele Moser Deegan, Journal of Progress in Community Health Partnerships, 9 (1) (2015): 101-112.

“Using Blackboard to Increase Student Learning and Assessment Outcomes in a Congressional Simulation,” co-authored with Alexandra Latronica-Herb, Journal of Political Science Education, 9, no. 2 (April 2013): 168-183.

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