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
San Diego, California
Bachelor of Arts Degree: Sociology (1997)
Emphasis: Criminology, Sociological Theory and Social Problems
Matthew began his CSUSM research career years ago as Field Research Coordinator at the Social Behavioral Research Institute. His research interests are diverse. His criminological work has focused on stratification in the court process as well as sentencing outcomes. Drawing from his experience as a first-generation student, Matthew has a long-standing interest in researching higher education outcomes. His research has included such areas as financial concerns, educational aspirations, demographics and academic preparedness among non-traditional student populations. Additionally, Matthew has published pieces about the use of technological innovations in the classroom, including incorporating the use of films, social media and web-based mapping tools.
2013 - Atherton, Matthew "Teaching Criminological Theory through Film: Utilizing Popular Criminology in the Classroom" Journal of Excellence in College Teaching.
2012 - Atherton, Matthew "Academic Preparedness of First-Generation College Students: Two Perspectives" Journal of College Student Development (Forthcoming 2015).
2012 - Atherton, Matthew "Using Web-Based GIS Tools to Evaluate Spatial Aspects of Crime" CSU Geospatial Review, Vol. 10, Spring 2012.
2012 - Atherton, Matthew "Tweeting Criminology: Using Twitter to Teach Criminological Theory." The Criminologist
2011 - Atherton, Matthew "Narcissistic Youth? Using Composite Measures to Understand Entitlement." Teaching Research Methods in Social Sciences ed. Beth Skott
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