University of Southern Indiana

Matthew Hanka

Matthew Hanka

Associate Professor of Political Science
Political Science, Public Administration and Philosophy Department

Liberal Arts Center - 3066

Accepts Office Hours by Appointment


Dr. Matthew J. Hanka is associate professor of political science at the University of Southern Indiana (USI) in Evansville, Indiana. Hanka earned a B.A. in History and Politics from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, and an M.A. in Political Science and a Ph.D. in Urban and Public Affairs, both from the University of Louisville. Dr. Hanka served as Director of the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program at USI from 2010 to 2018.

Hanka has taught over 20 different courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level. His research interests include housing policy, community development, urban policy and governance, strategic planning, and social capital. His academic work has been published in 11 different peer-reviewed journals. He has also given over 40 conference presentations and has co-authored nine technical reports and six newspaper articles. He is the author of the book What is Happening in Your Community? Why Community Development Matters published by Lexington Books, and is currently writing a book on the Louisville-Jefferson County merger titled Merger Dreams, which will be published in 2023 by University Press of Kentucky. Hanka also served as co-convener of USI’s strategic plan for 2016–2020 and has also consulted other nonprofit organizations on their strategic planning processes.

Hanka served as Director of the Commission on Homelessness for Evansville and Vanderburgh County in 2018 and 2019, co-chair of Housing Organizations United Serving Evansville (HOUSE), and a member of the Evansville Affordable Housing Trust Fund Advisory Committee. He has served in leadership roles and on the boards of Westside Improvement Association, United Neighborhood of Evansville (UNOE), Rotary Club of Evansville, and the Evansville Morning Rotary Club. He also provides political commentary during election seasons on local media around the Evansville area.

Hanka lives in Evansville, Indiana with his wife Ann and their two sons, MJ (7) and David (5).

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