Jesse-Douglas Mathewson | Visiting Assistant Professor
Office: Buckman 115 | Phone: (901) 843-3630 | Email:



During my one-year appointment as instructor / visiting assistant professor of International Studies, I shall be teaching IS 100 (Introduction to International Relations) and IS 190 (International Politics since 1945).

My approach to teaching is focused on building efficacious citizens and leaders. In a modern democratic society, political knowledge and political empowerment go hand-in-hand. I consider it my responsibility as a professor of international studies to transform undergraduates into autonomous, politically efficacious citizens. I fulfill this responsibility by constructing knowledge of the political world in a way that is meaningful to them.

My students graduate with the tools to acquire information independently, objectively assess their own interests, evaluate said information against their interests, and act in a creative and productive manner that is best for both their society and themselves. In doing so, I assure that those who leave my classroom not only survive, but thrive, in their political environment.


I am in the process of completing my dissertation, “Occupied with Democracy: How International Security Dynamics Affect Democratization in Occupied Territories” (Karol Soltan, Chair), for the Department of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland, College Park. My other scholarly interests include theories of alliance formation, the political economy of security, American foreign policy, qualitative methodology, process tracing and the historical analysis of politics, cognitive macroeconomics and pedagogy in the university setting.

I am also a member of Phi Beta Kappa.


• Ph.D.: University of Maryland, College Park (Expected December 2012, Government and Politics)
• M.A.: University of Maryland, College Park (May 2008, Government and Politics)
• B.A.: University at Albany, SUNY (May 2004, Summa cum Laude, History and Political Science)

Also trained in qualitative and mixed-method research at the Institute for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research (IQMR), Maxwell School, Syracuse University.

Selected Publications

Professional Associations

• Midwestern Political Science Association (since December 2008)
• American Political Science Association (since August 2004)
• Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society (since May 2004)
• Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honor Society (since September 2002)