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Melissa Matthes, Ph.D.

Melissa Matthes


  • Ph.D., University of California, Santa Cruz
  • MDiv, Yale Divinity School

Courses Taught

  • The History of Political Theory
  • African American Political Thought (Modern)
  • Religion and Politics
  • Feminist Political Thought
  • Women, Religion and Globalization
  • Morals and Ethical Philosophy

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • "The Rape of Lucretia and the Founding of Republics: Readings in Livy, Machiavelli and Rousseau", Penn State Press, 2000
  • Livy, Lucretia and Rome's Republican Founding: A Reading of Female Rape and Masculine Virtu" in The Nature of Woman and the Art of Politics edited by Eduardo Velasquez, Rowman and Littlefied Press, 2000
  • "Machiavelli's Mandragola and the Seduction of Lucrezia" in Feminist Re-Interpretations of Machiavelli edited by Maria Falco, Penn State Press, Winter 2000
  • "Shahrazade's Sisters: Storytelling and Politics in the Memoirs of Fatima Mernissi, Nawal El Saadawi and Hanan Ashrawi," Alif 19 (Journal of Middle East Studies), Summer 1999
  • "Machiavelli and Democracy" American Political Science Association, Toronto, Summer 2009
  • "The Making of American Christian Patriotism in the Sermons of 9/11," American Political Science Association, Boston, Summer 2008
  • "Is Religion Rational? The Political Economy of Belief," Women, Religion, and Globalization Forum, Yale Faculty Seminar Presentation, Spring 2008
  • "Getting Personal: Religious Faith and Elected Office" Moderated dinner discussion with Representative Tony Hall and author David Kuo. Yale Divinity School, Fall 2007
  • "Getting Down to Business: Shaping the New Moral Agenda" Panel Discussant, Voices and Votes II: Shaping a New Moral Agenda, Yale Divinity School, Fall 2007
  • "Candidates Expressing Their Faith: How Much Is Too Much?" Panel Moderator, Voices and Votes: Religious Convictions in the Public Square, Yale Divinity School, Winter 2007


  • Jonathan Edwards Fellow, Yale Council of Masters, Yale University, January 2009
  • Institute of Sacred Music Full Tuition Scholarship, Yale Divinity School, 2005-2008
  • Tutu Institute for Pilgrimage and Peace, Scholarship Retreat Fellow, South Africa, July 2007
  • Outstanding Teacher of the Year - Behavioral and Social Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award, University of Maryland. Spring 1999

Professional Memberships

  • American Political Science Association
  • American Academy of Religion
  • Middle East Studies Association

Contact Information