Morgan C. Matthews Receives Hyde Award

Morgan Matthews Mandy McLaughlin headshotMorgan C. Matthews has received the Hyde Dissertation Research Award for Graduate Students. Morgan is a PhD candidate in sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her dissertation analyzes historical patterns of gender polarization in state legislatures and examines how partisanship takes on gendered meaning in the everyday practice of governance. Morgan uses multiple data sources and methods to understand these social processes, including longitudinal quantitative measures of women’s representation and partisanship, discourse analysis of legislative speeches, legislative interviews, and archival research. Her dissertation has been supported by grants and fellowships from the Tobin Project, the UW Center for Research on Gender and Women, and the Institute for Legal Studies. Morgan’s research has been published in Sociology Compass and Socius, as well as The Society Pages’ blogs. She holds an MS in sociology from UW-Madison and an AB in sociology from Dartmouth College. To find out more, you can visit Morgan’s website at