Department of Political Science


A. Lanethea Mathews-SchultzEmail A. Lanethea Mathews-Gardner
Associate Professor of Political Science 

Contact Information:
Ettinger Building 308A


Courses Taught:

Introduction to American National Government
US Congress
American Presidency
Gender, Politics & Policy
Seminar in American Political Development


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


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.


*Using Blackboard to Increase Student Learning and Assessment Outcomes in a Congressional Simulation,* Journal of Political Science Education, 9, no. 2 (April 2013): 168-183.

*From Ladies Aid to NGO: Transformations in Methodist Women*s Organizing in Postwar America,* in Breaking the Wave: Women and Their Organizations, 1945 to 1985, edited by Jacqueline Castledine and Kathleen A. Laughlin, Spring 2010, Rutledge Press.

*The Transformation of the Black Women*s Club Movement in Postwar America: The Intersection of Gender, Race, and American Political Development, 1940-1960,* Journal of Women, Politics & Policy, 1, no. 3 (July 2010): 260-285.