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Meet Interim Dean, Dr. Elizabeth Matthews

Dr. Elizabeth Matthews became interim dean for the College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences on August 1, 2019.

Dr. Matthews joined CSUSM as an assistant professor in the Political Science Department in 2007, and later accepted a joint appointment with the Department of Global Studies. She was promoted to the rank of professor in 2016.

Dr. Matthews has served in leadership roles such as program director and founding chair of the Department of Global Studies, chair of the Global Commitment Initiative, and chair of WASC Writing Team 3. She was also a member of the CHABSS Strategic Planning Team in 2012.

Dr. Matthews led solution-oriented discussions with colleagues, and was a leader in helping the college navigate the mandated Chancellor’s Office executive orders in 2017-18.  Most recently, Dr. Matthews served as a CSUSM representative on CSU Academic Senate, faculty director for Civic Learning in Community Engagement, and was the CHABSS faculty fellow for curriculum.

Dr. Matthews’ teaching and research interests include international relations theory, genocide and crimes against humanity, Russian foreign policy, and the Middle East peace process.  Her latest book is International Relations Theory: A Primer, published by Oxford University Press (2019). 

Dr. Matthews is also the 2013-2014 recipient of the Harry E. Brakebill Distinguished Professor Award and the 2009-2010 recipient of the President’s Award for Teaching Innovation and Excellence . 

Dean's Office
Social & Behavioral Sciences Building, Room 4115
Phone: 760.750.4195

Dean Elizabeth Matthews