Dr. Matthews taught American history at Oklahoma State University for 6 years. Since returning to California, where she was born, has been a visiting associate professor of history at UC Berkeley, Stanford University, UCLA, UC Irvine, and UC Davis. She taught at Starr King as Adjunct Faculty.
Dr. Matthews is the author of five books about U.S. women’s history, as well as nearly 20 articles, and has received fellowships from ACLS and the National Endowment for the Humanities for her work.
Dr. Matthews’s new book is The Golden State in the Civil War: Thomas Starr King, the Republican Party, and the Birth of Modern California (Cambridge University Press, 2012). The author first became acquainted with Thomas Starr King when she curated an exhibition on the history of San Francisco for that city’s public library.