Biography

Matthew C. Woessner (Ph.D., Ohio State, 2001) Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at Penn State Harrisburg, pursues teaching and research interests in American politics.  His specializations include political behavior and research methodology.  His recent book, The Still Divided Academy: How Competing Visions of Power, Politics, and Diversity Complicate the Mission of Higher Education (Rowman and Littlefield), examines the conflicting views of students, faculty, and college administrators concerning politics, diversity, and the purpose of higher education. In 2007, Dr. Woessner presented research at the American Enterprise Institute, titled “Left Pipeline: Why Conservatives Don’t Get Doctorates.” The research, later reprinted in The Politically Correct University: Problems, Scope, and Reform, explores competing theories for why conservatives are less likely to pursue a Ph.D. than are their liberal counterparts.  Dr. Woessner coauthored three recent articles on politics in the classroom.  The first, titled "My Professor is a Partisan Hack: How Perceptions of a Professor's Political Views Affect Student Course Evaluations", appeared in the July 2006 edition of the journal, PS: Political Science and Politics.  The second article, "Conflict in the Classroom: Considering the Effects of Partisan Difference on Political Education" appeared in The Journal of Political Science Education in 2008.  The third article “I Think My Professor is a Democrat: Considering Whether Students Recognize and React to Faculty Politics” appeared in April 2009 edition of PS: Political Science and Politics. Dr. Woessner’s research has also appeared in Presidential Studies Quarterly, the journal Politics and Policy, The Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice, and The International Journal of Police Science & Management.  His work on politics in academia has been profiled by The New York Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education, the Christian Science Monitor, the Guardian and The Wall Street Journal.  Dr. Woessner formally served as the president of the faculty Senate as well as the advisor to the Penn State Harrisburg College Democrats and College Republicans.  His wife and research collaborator, Dr. April Kelly-Woessner, is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Elizabethtown College