Matthew Atherton, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Sociology
California State University, San Marcos
San Marcos, California 92096
Telephone: (760) 750-8571
Dr. Atherton joined the faculty at California State University San Marcos in the fall of 2007. Dr. Atherton is also an alumnus of California State University San Marcos, obtaining a Master’s Degree in Sociological Practice in 2000. He continued his graduate education at The Pennsylvania State University, completing a doctoral degree in Crime Law and Justice in 2005. Dr. Atherton has a wide variety of research interests including: sentencing, Latino/Hispanic outcomes in the criminal justice system and the experiences of first-generation college students. In addition to a varied interest in research, Dr. Atherton has taught a wide range of courses including, quantitative research methods, law enforcement, victimless crime, introduction to sociology, crime films and society and criminological theory.
Atherton, Matthew C. “School Vouchers.” The Encyclopedia of Social Problems, ed. Vincent N. Parrillo, Sage Publications, Inc. (2007)
Atherton, Matthew C. Review of Understanding Police Use of Force: Officers, Suspects, and Reciprocity. By Geoffrey P. Alpert & Roger G Dunham, Contemporary Sociology. (2006)