11 NCAA Div. III national team championships
Able to combine a love for tennis and a passion for international study, Mattiace excelled at both before graduating with honors in 1990. She studied at Central’s programs in London and the Yucatan, Mexico but was still a four-time Iowa Conference placewinner. Only once did she finish lower than third in the league in singles or doubles and she captured the No. 2 singles title in 1989, as well as the No. 1 doubles crown in 1988. She was a two-time De Haan Award winner as team MVP and also served as team captain in 1989.
Also active on campus, Mattiace was named to the first-ever USA Today All-Academic team, which was based solely on distinction gained in the classroom. She was awarded Central’s Julia Van Houweling Scholarship Medal and the John Allen Writing Award before being named a Fulbright Scholar, returning to study in Chiapas, Mexico in 1995-96. She then spent a year as a visiting fellow at the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at the University of California-San Diego, and taught at Bates College (Maine).
After earning master’s and doctoral degrees at the University of Texas at Austin, Mattiace joined the faculty at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pa. in 1996 and is an associate professor of political science. She spent another semester in Mexico in 2004 after being named a Rockefeller Foundation Resident Fellow in the Humanities at the Centro Regional de Investigaciones Multidisciplinarias. She has authored and co-authored numerous books, book chapters, book reviews and journal articles.