Mary Mathie, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Instruction, Political Science and Geography

Mary Mathie



Dr. Mary Mathie teaches courses in the history of political theory, as well as at the intersection of political thought with modern American politics, including courses in the formation of democratic life. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from Baylor University.

Dr. Mathie's research interests include the history of political thought and especially Thomas Aquinas, Thomas Hobbes, Aristotle, and the thinkers of the American founding; and she is currently working on work in philosophy of law and on theories of justice in democracy. Her dissertation was named the Outstanding Dissertation in the Social Sciences and Humanities at Baylor University for 2013-2014.


  • POL 4973 Senior Seminar (Philosophy of Law, Justice, and Punishment)
  • POL 3153 Political Philosophy: Contemporary
  • POL 2363 Law and Society
  • POL 3143 Political Philosophy: Modern
  • POL 2122 Political Philosophy: Ancient-Medieval

Honors and Awards


Grants, Patents and Clinical Trials


“Dwelling in the Land of the Penumbra: St. Thomas and the Supreme Court on Family, Privacy, and the Law of Nature,” Listening: Journal of Communication Ethics, Religion, and Culture 47.2 (2012): 110-130.

“Provide and Punish: Hobbes and Aquinas on the Essence of Sanction” – working article on punishment.

Aquinas on Judgment, Justice, and the Perpetuation of Politics – working book, preparing submission of proposal to Cambridge University Press.

“Inconvenient Justice: Finding Aquinas in the Modern Jus Ad Bellum” – working article on the modern categories of Just War Theory and their relationship to Aquinas’s original account.

“Aquinas on the Philosophical Needs of Political Animals” – working article for Perspectives on Political Science.

“Lovers Doomed To Leadership: Antony and Cleopatra,” Chartwell-Seward Shakespeare Lecture, University of Alaska Anchorage, Spring 2015.

“Contemplating our Very Small Selves: Tocqueville and Twain on the Possibility of a Democratic Literature,” invited lecture for the Harvard-Yale-Princeton Club of Anchorage, AK, September 2014.

"The Expense of Spirit and the Waste of Shame: Maintaining Agency in the Nicomachean Ethics," presented at the Annual Conference of the Canadian Political Science, Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario, May 2014.