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Todd L. Matthews, PhD

Todd L. Matthews, PhD

Chair and Professor
Leadership and Organization Development and Change Department
Coordinator, Organization Development and Change Program

Todd Matthews, PhD, is a professor and Chair of the Department of Leadership and Organization Development and Change

Matthews is a broadly trained scholar who teaches and conducts research on organizational development, leadership, trust, civic involvement, research methodology, environmental inequalities, poverty and health, and religion (among other topics).

His research has appeared in numerous book chapters, as well as the journals Social Forces, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Review of Religious Research, Religions, Sociological Inquiry, Sociological Spectrum, and many others.

Matthews earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Salisbury University, a Master of Arts in Sociology from the University of Tennessee, and a doctorate in sociology from Mississippi State University.

Areas of Expertise

Civic participation and trust, organizational leadership and development, quantitative research Methods



  • Matthews, T.L., Clancy, A., Ghadge, N., & Colon-Kolacko, R.M. (2021). Report on the Work of the Capabilities Circle of Work. OD Review 53(1), 35-39.
  • Burkhardt, C., Matthews, T.L., & Brace, A.M. (2020). The relationship between farmers’ markets, food assistance programs, food deserts and diet-related diseases in Texas census tracts in 2017. Texas 
    Public Health Journal, 72(4), 28-32.
  • Putnam Rankin, C., & Matthews, T.L. (2020). Patterns of B Corp Certification: The Role of Peer, Economic, and Political Resources. Societies, 10, 72. doi:10.3390/soc10030072. 
  • Brace, A.M., Moore, T.W., Matthews, T.L. (2020). The relationship between food deserts, farmers’ markets, and food assistance programs in Hawaii census tracts. Hawai’i Journal of Health and Social Welfare, 79(2), 4-9.
  • Gbenro, M., Brace, A.M., Matthews, T.L. (2019). The relationship between food deserts, farmers’ markets, and food assistance programs in Delaware census tracts. Delaware Journal of Public Health, 5(5), 16-23. 
  • Hallion, M.E., & Matthews, T.L. (2019). The Moving to Action Symposia Series: Engaging the Paradox of Childhood Obesity and Hunger. Journal of Childhood Obesity 4(1), 4.
  • Johnson, Lee Michael, Todd L. Matthews and Elizabeth K. Ayers. Religious Identity and Perceptions of Criminal Justice Effectiveness. Religions 9, 157. (2018)
  • Johnson, Lee Michael, Todd L. Matthews and Sarah Napper. Sexual Orientation and Sexual Assault Victimization among US College Students. The Social Science Journal 53(2):174-183.(2016)
  • Brace, Andrea M., Todd L. Matthews, Bobbi Finkelstein and Daniela Beall. The relationship between food deserts, farmers’ markets and food assistance in Georgia census tracts. Journal of the Georgia Public Health Association 5(3):250-258.(2016)
  • Johnson, Lee M., Todd L. Matthews, David Jenks, and Christy W. Bass. Juvenile Gun Ownership: Current Knowledge and Future Directions. International Journal of Criminal Justice Sciences 8(2):133-152. (2013)
  • Holland, Laurel, Todd L. Matthews and Melinda Schott-Ceccacci. ‘That’s So Gay!:’ The College Experience and Attitudes toward the LGBT Population. Journal of Homosexuality60(4):575-595. (2013)
  • Hempel, Lynn M., Todd Matthews and John Bartkowski. Trust in a Fallen World: The Case of Theological Conservatism. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion51(3):522-541. (2012)
  • Matthews, Todd L., Lee Michael Johnson, and Catherine Jenks, Does Religious Involvement Generate or Inhibit Fear of Crime? Religions2(4):485-503. (2011) 
  • Reprinted in Kerley, Kent R. (ed). 2015. Current Studies in the Sociology of Religion. Pp 197-215. Basel, Switzerland: MDPI.
  • Matthews, Todd L. The Enduring Conflict of ‘Jobs versus the Environment’: Local  Pollution Havens as an Integrative Empirical Measure of Economy versus Environment. Sociological Spectrum 31(1):59-85. (2011)
  • Matthews, Todd L., Lynn M. Hempel and Frank M. Howell. Gender and the Transmission of Civic Engagement: Assessing the Influences on Youth Civic Activity. Sociological Inquiry 80(3):448-474. (2010)
  • Kerley, Kent R., John P. Bartkowski, Todd L. Matthews and Tracy L. Emond. From the Sanctuary to the Slammer: Exploring the Narratives of Evangelical Prison Ministry Workers. Sociological Spectrum 30(5):504-525. (2010)
  • Schott-Ceccacci, Melinda, Laurel Holland and Todd L. Matthews. Attitudes towards the LGBT Community in Higher Education. Spaces for Difference2(1):37-47. (2009)
  • Kerley, Kent R., Todd L. Matthews and Jessica Shoemaker. A Simple Plan, A Simple Faith: Chaplains and Lay Ministers in Mississippi Prisons. Review of Religious Research 51(1):87-103. (2009)
  • Blanchard, Troy C., John P. Bartkowski, Todd L. Matthews and Kent R. Kerley Faith. Morality, and Mortality: The Ecological Impact of Religion Reconsidered. Social Forces 86(4):1591-1620. (2008)
  • Blanchard, Troy and Todd Matthews. The Configuration of Local Economic Power and Civic Participation in the Global Economy. Social Forces 84(4):2241-2257. (2006)
  • Matthews, Todd L. and Frank M. Howell. Promoting Civic Culture: The Transmission of Civic Involvement from Parent to Child. Sociological Focus 39:19-35. (2006)
  • Kerley, Kent R., Todd L. Matthews and Troy C. Blanchard. Religiosity, Religious Participation, and Negative Prison Behaviors. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 44(4):443-457. (2005)
  • Kerley, Kent R., Todd L. Matthews and Jeffrey T. Schulz. Participation in Operation Starting Line, Experience of Negative Emotions, and Incidence of Negative Behavior. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology 49:410-426. (2005)
  • Matthews, Todd L., John P. Bartkowski and Tyrone Chase. Race and Ethnicity. Pp. 421-442 in Handbook of Religion and Society, David Yamane (Ed). Switzerland: Springer International. (2016)
  • Jenks, David, Lee Michael Johnson and Todd Matthews. Examining Police Integrity: Categorizing Corruption Vignettes. Pp. 317-331 in The Evolution of Policing: Worldwide Innovations and Insights, Melchor C. de Guzman, Dilip K. Das and Aideo Mintie Das (Eds). Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press. (2013)
  • Bosserman, C. Phillip and Todd L. Matthews. Re-civilizing Society through Teaching and Doing Peace.” Pp. 75-91 in One Paradigm, Many Worlds: Conflict Resolution across the Disciplines, Mitchell A. Rosenwald (Ed). Newcastle-upon-Tyne, U.K.: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. (2008)
  • Blanchard, Troy C. and Todd L. Matthews. Retail Concentration, Food Deserts, and Food Disadvantaged Communities in Rural America. Pp. 201-215 in Remaking the North American Food System: Strategies for Sustainability, C. Clare Hinrichs and Thomas A. Lyson (Eds). Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press. (2008)
  • Bartkowski, John P. and Todd L. Matthews. Religion and Race in America. Pp. 163-183 in Handbook on Religion and Social Institutions, Helen Rose Ebaugh (Ed). New York: Springer. (2005)
  • Wallace, Samuel E. with Todd Matthews. How to Provide. Pp. 125-46 in The Ecology of Social Problems, edited by Samuel E. Wallace. Plymouth, MI: Hayden-McNeil. (1996)
  • Putnam Rankin, Caddie and Todd Matthews. Benefit Corporation Certification: An Initial Exploration of Mechanisms of Legitimacy in Two Industries. Pp. 198-207 in Proceedings of the 27th Annual Meeting of the International Association for Business and Society. (2016)
  • Jenks, David, Lee Michael Johnson, and Todd Matthews. Examining Police Integrity: Categorizing Corruption Vignettes. International Police Executive Symposium Working Paper #40 (January). (2013)
  • Matthews, Todd L. and Sarah Beth Mallory. Greening from Gown to Town. Pp. 228-33 in Partnering for Sustainability, Enabling a Diverse Future. The Proceedings of the7th Greening of the Campus Conference. (2007)



  • Smendzuik-O’Brien, J., et al.  (2020). From Founders to the Future: A 20/20 Look at Organization Development. Panelist in Professional Development Workshop at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Virtual.

  • Matthews, T.L., & Szelwach, C. (2020). A Modest Proposal for a New Approach to OD Practice in the Age of COVID-19 and Beyond: Introducing the Concept of Holistic Embodied OD. Paper presented at the 2020 International Society of Organization Development and Change International Conference, Virtual.
  • Brace, A.M., Olstad, C., Matthews, T., Watson, P., Libbey, N., Easterday, S., & Sinche, L.  (2019).  Promoting food access and food equity: A case study describing the initiatives to promote a healthy food environment on a university campus. Paper presented at the 9th Annual International Food Studies Conference, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan. 

  • Monod, E., Savall, A., et al. (2019). Professional Doctorates: The Road towards Inclusion and Internationalization. Panelist in Professional Development Workshop at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Boston, MA. 
  • Brace, Andrea, Brianna Patten, Christina Olstad, Todd L. Matthews, Patricia Watson, Nicole Libbey, Elena Sachs, Stephanie Easterday, Benjamin Warner and Laura Sinche. Promoting Food Access and Food Equity: A Case Study Describing the Initiatives to Promote a Healthy Food Environment on a University Campus.  International Food Studies Association, Vancouver, BC. (2018)

  •  Putnam Rankin, Caddie and Todd L. Matthews. Patterns of Organizational Diffusion in B Corp Certification. Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL. (2018)

  • Gbenro, Macred, Andrea M. Brace and Todd L. Matthews. The Relationship between Food Deserts, Farmers’ Markets, Food Assistance and Chronic Disease in Delaware Census Tracts, 2017 (Poster). Towson University 9th Annual Environmental Conference, Towson, MD. (2018)

  • Canham, Katherine, Andrea M. Brace and Todd L. Matthews. Distribution of Farmers Markets by State and Region in the United States, 2016 (Poster). Maryland Public Health Association (MPHA), Towson, MD. (2016)       

  • Putnam Rankin, Caddie and Todd Matthews. Benefit Corporation Certification: Mechanisms of Legitimacy in Two Industries. International Association of Business and Society, Park City, UT. (2016)

  • Ward, Ray, Eric Malm, Caroline Nielsen, Todd Matthews, and Tom Southard. (2016). Institutional Commitments and Campus Culture as Vital to Maintaining Momentum in Greening a College. PHENND Conference: Green Schools, Green Communities, Green Campuses!, Philadelphia, PA.

  • Finkelstein, Bobbi, Andrea M. Brace and Todd L. Matthews. Understanding the Influence a Stealth Intervention had on Participant Relationships with Food and Religion (Poster). American Public Health Association (APHA), Chicago, IL. (2015)

  • Beall, Daniela, Andrea M. Brace and Todd L. Matthews. Exploring the Relationship between Food Deserts and the Location of Farmers Markets in Georgia Census Tracts” (Poster). Georgia Public Health Association, Atlanta, GA. (2015)

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