Matthew Hodgetts

George B. Mayer Visiting Assistant Professor in Urban and Environmental Studies

Mather House 220


Dr. Matt Hodgetts joined the Department of Political Science in July 2018 as a Visiting Assistant Professor. His current book project with a colleague examines climate change denial and free speech theory. Portions of the project appear in Environmental Values and Ethics, Policy & Environment (forthcoming). On campus, he is a co-chair of CWRU CAN (Climate Action Network).

Dr. Hodgetts received his PhD in Political Science from Brown University. He also holds a MA in Political Science from McGill University and a BA (Hons) in Political Studies and Philosophy from Queen’s University, both in his native Canada. He previously taught at Roger Williams University. He was a nominee for the J. Bruce Jackson, M.D. Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Mentoring for the 2021/2022 academic year and was a UCITE Learning Fellow for the Spring 2020 semester.

He regularly teaches Introduction to International Relations (POSC 172) and Introduction to Comparative Politics (POSC 160), typically alternating semesters. Every year he offers Politics, Policy, and the Global Environment (ESTD/POSC 388) and/or Environmental Justice (ESTD/POSC 387). He also rotates teaching American Political Thought (POSC 352), Modern Political Ideologies (POSC 355) and Modern Political Thought (POSC 351).

Dr. Hodgetts is happy to supervise capstones on environmental issues and/or political theory, along with topics that students are passionate about. Please plan on ideally contacting him the semester prior to wanting to write your capstone as available spots have filled up quickly in the past.

Dr. Hodgetts previously worked for several years doing research and writing reports for a public health agency. Away from work, he is an avid rock climber, lifelong skier, collector of board games, and chaser of coaster credits.


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