Matthew Atherton is Faculty in Sociology and additionally teaches in the Criminology & Justice Studies Major. He is currently a Faculty Fellow for Teaching & Learning for the 21st Century. Being a first-generation college student has strongly influenced his research, teaching, and student oriented service at California State University San Marcos. Other research interests include Latino student populations, innovative pedagogy, popular criminology, courts and criminological theory. Matthew was recently promoted to Associate Professor.
Matthew's education began with courses at Palomar Community College where he developed a love for sociology and criminology. That love of sociology took him to three additional colleges and culminated in a doctorate degree.
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, Pennsylvania
Doctorate Degree: Crime, Law and Justice (December 2005)
Dissertation: Study of Hispanic Outcomes in U.S. Federal Courts
California State University San Marcos
San Marcos, California
Mater of Arts Degree: Sociological Practice (May 2000)
Thesis: Restorative Justice -- The Effects of Race and Gender on the Court Mediation Process
University of California, San Diego
San Diego, California
Bachelor of Arts Degree: Sociology (1997)
Emphasis: Criminology, Sociological Theory and Social Problems
Matthew fell in love with teaching years ago when he was given his first opportunity to teach a course. He regularly teaches Criminology, White Collar Crime, Morality and the Law, and Quantitative Research Methods. Additionally, he has taught the Criminological Theory & Practice, and Social Research Process at the graduate level. He is currently developing a Popular Criminology course based on several special topics courses that focused on the intersection of popular culture and criminological theory. Check the current schedule for updated information on courses he is teaching.