Mary Beth Mathews

Mary Beth Mathews
  • Classics, Philosophy, Religion
  • Academic Degrees

    • M.A., Ph.D., University of Virginia
    • A.B., The College of William and Mary
  • Areas of Expertise

    • American Religious History
    • Protestant Fundamentalism
    • African-American Religions
    • Religion and Politics of the U.S.

Mary Beth Swetnam Mathews, Associate Professor of Religion, earned a Ph.D. (2002) and an M.A. (2000) in European and American religious history from the University of Virginia, after receiving an A.B. (1986) in government and religion from the College of William and Mary.

Dr. Mathews is knowledgeable about American religious history, Protestant fundamentalism and evangelicalism, African-American religions, and religion and politics in the United States. Her published work includes Rethinking Zion: How the Print Media Placed Fundamentalism in the South, and she has given presentations at numerous conferences.

Dr. Mathews is a member of the American Society of Church History, Organization of American Historians, American Academy of Religion, and the American Historical Association. Her work experience includes employment with a U.S. Senator and a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.