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James Mathieu - Loyola Marymount University. Los Angeles, CA, US

James Mathieu

Professor Emeritus of Sociology | Loyola Marymount University


Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts


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.

Education (3)

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

Articles (5)

Reflections on Two African Universities

ISSUES: A Journal of Opinion

Mathieu, J.T.

“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 Mathieu


Mathieu, J.T., Ham, D.R.

Images of Aging: An Interview with James Mathieu. Metamorphoses, Vol. 2, No. 3, Winter 1984.

Dialogue On Aging

Journal of Theology, News and Notes

Mathieu, J.T.

Dialogue on Aging. Journal of Theology, News and Notes, June 1981.

The Fear of Crime and its Consequences Among Elderly in Three Urban Communities

The 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 Dying

Proceedings of the 9th International Congress of Gerontology

Mathieu, J.T.

Role-Expectation in Death and Dying. Proceedings of the 9th International Congress of Gerontology, Kiev, Ukraine, Vol. III, 234 (Abstract), 1972.