Susan M. Matarese, Ph.D.

Professor, Political Science; Honors Advisor, Political Science


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.

Honors and 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

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 Areas and Projects

Utopian Studies
Politics, Literature, Film

Professional Memberships

American Political Science Association
Communal Studies Association
Society for Utopian Studies


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