Department of Psychology

Dr. Eugene Mathes

Eugene Mathes, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus
117 Waggoner Hall
Work: 309-298-1593
Fax: 309-298-2179


Additional Information


Dr. Mathes studied at Central College, Pella, IA, majoring in psychology and minoring in sociology. He received his Ph.D. from Iowa State University in personality and social psychology. His dissertation was titled, “The Effects of Physical Attractiveness on Behavior: A Test of the Self-Fulfilling Prophecy Theory.”

Teaching Areas:

Dr. Mathes primarily teaches the personality courses, Personality and Adjustment (PSY 251) and Personality (PSY 451), though he has taught Motivation and Emotion (PSY 346), History and Systems (PSY 430), Abnormal (PSY 424), and Advanced Social (PSY 452). He is the faculty advisor for Hotline and as such teaches the Hotline Seminar (PSY 490).

Research Interests:

Dr. Mathes’ research interests tend to be eclectic: physical attractiveness, romantic love, romantic jealousy, sexual coercion, alcohol abuse, etc. As an organizing framework, he uses evolutionary psychology. Two evolutionary theories he finds particularly attractive are sexual strategies theory and life history theory.

Recent Scholarly Activities:

Mathes, E. W. (2015). Negative affect reciprocity as an explanation of the correlation between perpetrating and being a victim of sexual coercion. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 30, 943-951. doi: 10.1007/s10896-015-9724-8

Dunkel, C. S., & Mathes, E. (2011). The effect of individual differences and manipulated life expectancies on willingness to engage in sexual coercion. Evolutionary Psychology, 9, 588-599. doi: 10.1177/147470491100900409

Mathes E. W., & McCoy, J. (2011). Perpetration of sexual coercion and victim of sexual coercion scales: Development and validation. Psychological Reports, 108, 449-469. doi: 10.2466/08.09.16.PR0.108.2.449-469

Dunkel, C. S., Mathes, E., & Papini, D. R. (2010). The effect of life expectancy on aggression and generativity: A life history perspective. Evolutionary Psychology, 8, 492-505. doi: 10.1177/147470491000800314