Allison Mattheis, Professor

College of Education
Applied and Advanced Studies in Education
Office KH2036A

Spring 2024 Office Hours:

  • Tuesdays 3:00-5:00 PM via Zoom, or by appointment in-person or virtually (please email [email protected])

Spring 2024 Teaching Schedule

  • EDFN/WGSS 5090: Queer Studies in Education Thursdays 4:30-7:15 PM


Allison Mattheis joined the Applied and Advanced Studies in Education faculty in 2013 and teaches and advises students in the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and M.A. in Educational Foundations programs. She is a former secondary school science teacher and holds a K-12 Principal's License (administrative credential) from the state of Minnesota. Her research interests include sociocultural analysis of educational policy, ethnographic explorations of educational and workplace cultures and climates, and LGBTQ identities and queer epistemologies in education and STEM fields. Her work is driven by a commitment to empowering teachers as change agents, students as decision makers, and educators as solidarity builders.


  • Ph.D. (Educational Policy and Leadership, Dept. of Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development) University of Minnesota Twin Cities, 2013
  • M.A. (Educational Administration, Dept. of Educational Policy and Administration) University of Minnesota Twin Cities, 2009
  • B.A. (International Politics, Environmental Studies) Oberlin College, 1999


Preparing K-6 teachers for LGBTQIA+ inclusive health and wellness education. (Cal State LA Provost’s Faculty Fellow Award)

ADVANCE Partnership: Empowering Scientists to Transform Workplace Climate through the ADVANCEGeo community-based intervention program. (National Science Foundation)

Collaborative Research: FieldSafe—Changing the Culture of Fieldwork in the Geosciences. (National Science Foundation)

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS (*indicates student co-author; complete c.v. available upon request)

PEER-REVIEWED JOURNAL ARTICLES                                                                                                 

Mattheis, A., Marín-Spiotta, E., Nandihalli, S., Schneider, B., & Barnes, R. (2022). "Maybe this is just not the place for me": Experiences of gender harassment and discrimination in the geosciences. PLOS ONE. #plosoneauthor

Vidarte, A.*, Zambrano, J. & Mattheis, A. (2022). Access and equity for students with disabilities in Colombian higher education. Educational Policy Analysis Archives.

Nelson, J., Mattheis, A., & Yoder, J.B. (2022). Nondisclosure of queer identities is associated with reduced scholarly publication rates. PLOS ONE.

Mattheis, A., Lovos, J.*, Eichenberger, L.*, Humphrey, C.*, & Restrepo Nazar, C. (2021). Queering the Common Core and the Next Generation Science Standards: intersectional approaches to expanding possibilities in urban K-12 classrooms. Journal of Homosexuality.

Mattheis, A., Nava, L.*, Beltran, M.* & West, E.* (2020). Theory-practice divides and the persistent challenges of embedding tools for social justice in a STEM urban teacher residency program. Urban Education, 1-30.

Mattheis, A., Murphy, M. & Marín-Spiotta, E. (2019). Examining intersectionality and inclusivity in geosciences education research: A synthesis of the literature 2008-2018. Journal of Geoscience Education, 67(4), 505-517.

Mattheis, A., Cruz-Ramírez de Arellano, D. & Yoder, J.B. (2019). A model of queer STEM identity. Journal of Homosexuality.

Willis, T., Mattheis, A., Dotson, B.*, Ahmed, L.*, Brannon, L.*, Hunter, M.*, Moore, A.* & Williams-Vallarta, L.* (2019). "I find myself isolated and alone:" Black women's experiences of microaggressions at an Hispanic Serving Institution. NASPA Journal about Women and Gender in Higher Education.

Wiebe, C.*, Nguyen, A.* & Mattheis, A. (2019). Visualizing technocratic power: a cyber-archaeological analysis of the U.S. National Educational Technology Plan. Discourse: Studies in Education.

Serrano, U.*, Vazquez, A., Meneses-Samperio, R.* & Mattheis, A. (2018). Symbolic sanctuary and discursive dissonance: limitations of policy and practice at Hispanic Serving Institutions. Association of Mexican American Educators Journal, 12(3), 169-190.

Lopez, M., Lugo, A., Vargas, O. & Mattheis, A. (2018). Counternarratives of community-based advocacy  as a source of knowledge for urban planning. EJournal for Public Affairs.

Mattheis, A., Ardila, Y.* & Levaton, S.* (2018). "We think differently:" Student representation and voice at the LAUSD school board. Journal of Ethical Educational Leadership.

Mattheis, A. (2017). Central school district office leadership for diversity and equity: Constraints and opportunities for policy intermediaries. Journal of School Leadership, 27(4), 521-552. 

Mattheis, A. (2016). Political contestation and discursive argumentation: Revising Minnesota’s School Integration Revenue Statute. Educational Policy Analysis Archives.

Mattheis, A. (2016). A mashup of policy tools and CDA as a framework for educational policy inquiry. Critical Policy Studies.

Yoder, J.B. & Mattheis, A. (2015). Queer in STEM: Workplace experiences reported in a national survey of LGBTQA individuals in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics careers. Journal of Homosexuality.

Mattheis, A. & Jensen, M. (2015). Fostering improved anatomy and physiology instructor pedagogy.  Advances in Physiology Education 38(4), 321-329.

Mattheis, A., Jensen, M., Ingram, D. and Jackson, J. (2014). Examining high school anatomy and  physiology teacher experience in a university cadaver lab. International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education. 11(6), 1-22.

BOOK CHAPTERS AND OTHER PUBLICATIONS                                                                 

Lopez, S.*, Johnson, M.*, & Mattheis, A. (invited chapter, 2021). A collaborative exploration of power, access, and resource distribution in higher education. In A. Phillips and T. Gray (Eds.), Agency in Constrained Academic Spaces.

Mattheis, A., Soto, M.* & Vidarte, A.* (2017). Stakeholder perspectives of public access to the Los Angeles Unified School District: The view from Boyle Heights. Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs, Research Policy Report Series.

Azzarello, P., Pirone, J. & Mattheis, A. (2016). Collectively subverting the status quo at the Youth Bike Summit. In A. Lugo (Ed.), Biking for All? Bicycle Justice and Urban Transformation. New York, NY: Routledge.

Lugo, A. & Mattheis, A. (2016). Bicycle anthropology of Los Angeles. In J. Banh & M. King (Eds.). Anthropology of Los Angeles: City, Image, Politics. Lanham, MA: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.

Mattheis, A., Perey, D.*, Royaltey-Quandt, V.* (2016). Developing Advocacy Leadership for LGBTQ Students and Queer Studies in Ed.D. programs. CPED White Paper Series.