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Elizabeth C. Matto
Associate Research Professor; Director, Center for Youth Political Participation (CYPP)
B.A. in political science and American studies, Mount St. Mary's College; M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in political science, George Washington University

Matto directs Eagleton's Center for Youth Political Participation (CYPP), leading research as well as educational and public service efforts designed to encourage and support the political learning of high school and college students and civic action among young adults, including those holding and running for office. These projects include: RU Ready, a civic engagement initiative designed to provide high school students with the tools and encouragement to be civically and politically engaged in their communities; RU Voting, a project focused upon engaging Rutgers students in local, state, and national elections; and Young Elected Leaders Project, which involves maintaining a database of young people serving in public office nationwide at all levels of government, gathering data about young leaders' backgrounds and leadership styles, and building a network of young elected leaders.

In addition, Matto is the lead editor on the American Political Science Association's 2017 publication, Teaching Civic Engagement Across the Disciplines, and edits the text's companion website, a resource for educators who want to include political learning techniques in their curriculum. She is also the author of the book, Citizen Now: Engaging in Politics and Democracy (Manchester University Press, 2017). In 2016, Matto was awarded the Craig L. Brians Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research & Mentorship by the American Political Science Association, given to faculty members who demonstrate commitment to and excellence in encouraging and developing scholarship among undergraduate students, and in mentoring undergraduate students in preparation for graduate school or public affairs related careers. She also was named the American Political Science Association's Member of the Month in May, 2017. Prior to her work at Eagleton, Matto taught a variety of courses at Princeton University, Temple University, and George Washington University.