B.Sc. Geography, University of Bristol, UK
Ph.D. Planning, University of Wales College of Cardiff (now Cardiff University), UK

Dr. Matthews is trained in quantitative geography, GIS, and planning and is the Liberal Arts Professor of Sociology, Anthropology, and Demography (with courtesy appointments in Geography and the School of International Affairs). Since 2013 Dr. Matthews has served as director of the residential dual-degree Graduate Program in Demography (60+ students) and he has been actively involved in the APDEM programs since they were launched in 2016.  He has been at Penn State since 1994, during which time he founded and led the Geographic Information Analysis Core within the Population Research Institute. Matthews has been co-editor of the flagship journal, Demography (2016-2019), and is currently the editor of the journal Spatial Demography.  At Penn State, he has served on the advisory board to Penn State’s MGIS and Certificate Programs in GIS, and he is a regular capstone supervisor for the MGIS and APDEM programs.