Professor James Mathieu taught at LMU from Fall 1972 until Spring 2006, when he retired from University service. His students held him in high regard and deeply appreciated the way he engaged them in off-campus academic activities. Indeed, Jim regarded the mission of sociology as one that could be accomplished only by establishing and maintaining a connection between the classroom and the broader social world.
Most notable in Jim's academic career were his successful international ventures. He taught three times in the LMU Bonn study abroad program, establishing extensive links with German scholars. He also engaged in other LMU programs in Cuernavaca, Beijing, and Hawaii, and twice visited Greenland to develop an understanding of its historic connection with Denmark.
Jim received international recognition when he was awarded two year-long Fulbright teaching awards, one in Zambia (1975-1976), another in Lesotho (1988-1989). As would be expected, Jim effectively incorporated knowledge from these experiences into his LMU classes.
University of Southern California: Ph.D., Sociology 1972
Princeton Theological Seminary: M.A., Sociology and Theology 1959
Grove City College: B.A. 1956
Areas of Expertise (7)
Demography and Population Analysis
Race and Ethnicity
Sociology of the Developing World
Sociology of Africa
Sociology of Hawaii and the Pacific
Adult Socialization, Life Cycle, Aging, Social Gerontology
Social Research Methods
Reflections on Two African UniversitiesISSUES: A Journal of Opinion
“Reflections on Two African Universities," ISSUES: A Journal of Opinion. The African Studies Association Journal. Vol. XXIV/1.
Images of Aging: An Interview with James MathieuMetamorphoses
Mathieu, J.T., Ham, D.R.
Images of Aging: An Interview with James Mathieu. Metamorphoses, Vol. 2, No. 3, Winter 1984.
Dialogue On AgingJournal of Theology, News and Notes
Dialogue on Aging. Journal of Theology, News and Notes, June 1981.
The Fear of Crime and its Consequences Among Elderly in Three Urban CommunitiesThe Gerontologist
Mathieu, J.T., Sundeen, R.A.
The Fear of Crime and its Consequences Among Elderly in Three Urban Communities. The Gerontologist, 16: 211-219, 1976.
Role-Expectation in Death and DyingProceedings of the 9th International Congress of Gerontology
Role-Expectation in Death and Dying. Proceedings of the 9th International Congress of Gerontology, Kiev, Ukraine, Vol. III, 234 (Abstract), 1972.