Matthew C. Moen is dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, Lohre Distinguished Professor and professor of political science.
He is author/co-author of six books and dozens of articles in the field of American politics. He gained national prominence for his research on the Christian Right in American politics, winning a book award and twice being elected by scholars as chair of a 500-member division of the American Political Science Association.
Before joining USD as dean in 2002, Moen worked for 16 years at the University of Maine, where he rose up through the ranks to serve as professor/chair of political science. He was later named University of Maine System Trustee Professor and also served as special assistant to the president.
Leadership positions include president of the New England Political Science Association (NEPSA) and the Council of Colleges of Arts & Sciences (CCAS), the leading national arts and sciences dean's organization. Moen served three years as chair of the Professional Ethics Committee of the 15,000-member American Political Science Association. In 2011, Governor Dennis Daugaard named him to the board of directors of the South Dakota Humanities Council.
He has been part of the national conversation in areas such as liberal education and fundraising, giving talks at universities around the country and running workshops at the annual meetings of the major higher education organizations.
He received a B.A. from Augustana College, which bestowed its Alumni Achievement Award in 2005. His Ph.D. is through the Department of Political Science and the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center at the University of Oklahoma. He served a congressional fellow in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Matthew C. Moen