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Susan M. Matarese, Ph.D.

Susan M. Matarese, Ph.D.


  • Professor, Political Science
  • Honors Advisor, Political Science



  • Second Floor, Room 210
  • Ford Hall, Belknap Campus

Phone Number

  • 502-852-3315

Email Address




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Selected Publications

  • Susan Matarese and Paul Salmon, “Utopia and Its Discontents: A Brother’s Secrets,” The Midwest Quarterly, Spring, 2007.
  • Susan Matarese and Paul Salmon, “Shaker Health and Longevity,” Communities: Journal of the International Communal Studies Association, December, 2009.
  • Susan Matarese, American Foreign Policy and the Utopian Imagination, (paperback edition) University of Massachusetts Press, 2010.

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1979
  • M.A., University of Minnesota, 1974
  • B.A., University of Rhode Island, 1971

Teaching Areas

  • POLS 202 Honors Seminar: Comparative Political Systems
  • POLS 202 Comparative Political Systems
  • POLS 383 American Political Thought
  • POLS 384 Democracy and Its Critics
  • POLS 386 Political Theory and Utopia
  • POLS 387 Quest for Community
  • POLS 495 American Political Thought

Research Interests

  • Utopian Studies
  • Politics, Literature, Film

Professional Activities

  • Board of Directors, Center for Communal Studies
  • Associate Editor, Communal Societies

Honors & Awards

  • Philip Grant Davidson Award for Distinguished Teaching, 1982
  • Israel T. Naamani Award for Outstanding Service, 1994
  • University of Louisville Red Apple Award for Distinguished Teaching, 1996

Professional Memberships

  • American Political Science Association
  • Communal Studies Association
  • Society for Utopian Studies
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