RALEIGH, NC, August 19, 2020 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Donald G. Mathews with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Mathews celebrates many years' experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.
Now retired from a long and successful career in academia, Mathews enjoyed more than 40 years in the classroom. After initially teaching at Duke University, he joined the Princeton University history department in 1962. In 1968, he was recruited by the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, and remained active there for the duration of his academic career. During his tenure, he taught numerous courses in the department of history, including a seminar on lynching. Additionally, Mathews served as an assistant dean and as an academic advisor before retiring in 2004.
In a career suffused with highlights, Mathews was most proud of the opportunity he seized to serve as a Fulbright lecturer from 1981 to 1982 at the University of Helsinki in Finland. He was also able to see America from a different perspective, having befriended a CIA agent at The U.S. embassy who taught him much about the mistakes that the United States had made with the Soviet Union and other countries. After several years back in the U.S., Mathews gave the Roland H. Bainton lecture in 1989 at Yale University.
Mathews has written extensively. In addition to contributing multiple articles to scholarly journals on the topics of religion and lynching, he authored several books, including "Slavery and Methodism" in 1965, "Religion in the Old South" in 1977 and "Sex, Gender and the Politics of ERA" in 1990. He later published an essay, "The Southern Rite of Human Sacrifice," which was released in an online journal in 2000. Dr. Mathews' latest book, "At the Altar of Lynching," includes his interpretation of the murder of Sam Hose, a Black day laborer who killed his white employer after a workplace dispute.
Dr. Mathews received a Bachelor of Arts at the College of Idaho in 1954. He subsequently attended Yale University, where he received a Bachelor of Divinity in 1957, after which he was ordained as a minister. Continuing his schooling, Mathews studied Southern history at Duke University, receiving a Doctor of Philosophy in 1962. Mathews' dissertation was on Methodism and slavery.
Mathews has been affiliated with the Organization of American Historians, the Southern Historians Association, and the American Studies Association. He is a former fellow of the Social Science Research Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), which bestowed him with a grant in 1975 and 1979. In recognition of his work, Dr. Mathews received the Victoria Schuck Award from the American Political Science Association in 1992.
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