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Dr.Teresa Downing-Matibag, Lecturer, Department of Sociology, Iowa State University

Dr. Teresa Downing-Matibag, Iowa State University

BA Wright State University and Washington State University
MA, PhD Washington State University

217D East Hall, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011
(515) 294-2493
FAX: (515) 294-2303
Curriculum Vitae

Teresa Downing-Matibag’s research examines intimate and sexual relationships in young adulthood, including the exploitation of young women through the sex trade and Internet bride industries in our global society.  Encompassing the areas of families, gender, and social psychology, her research explores how young people across the world’s societies are experiencing, negotiating, and actively defining rapidly changing socio-cultural mores in the areas of intimate relationships and sexuality.  She is currently developing a Learning Community on Intimate and Sexual Relationships which will involve undergraduate students in her research and related service-learning projects.


What's New with Dr. Downing-Matibag

Human Trafficking in Iowa - Iowa Public Radio
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Even though slavery was outlawed almost 150 years ago, people are still imprisoned and exploited daily in the United States.Even though slavery was outlawed almost 150 years ago, people are still imprisoned and exploited daily in the United States. More

Legal Safeguards sought for sex-crime victims - Des Moines Register

Advocates want to do more to assure that sex-crime victims in Iowa are not prosecuted as prostitutes. More

Neymotin, F. and Downing-Matibag, T. (2011). Religiosity and adolescents' involvement in both drugs and sex. Journal of Relgion and Health. Published online June 17, 2011, and forthcoming in printed journal. (DOI) 10.1007/s10943-011-9507-3.

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More College 'Hookups,' but more virgins, too USA Today interview: March 30,2011
It wasn't until the second semester of her senior year at Fordham University in New York that Kathleen Adams had a college boyfriend.

But there's no shortage of casual sex on campus, she says — in part because Fordham, like many colleges, has significantly more women than men. Adams says that means guys have the upper hand when it comes to intimacy. More.

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The Anthropology of Love - Iowa Public Radio Interview, Feb. 14, 2011
Humans like all other animals are driven by their need to pass their genes along, but in our culture romantic love is much bigger than procreation. This hour, the anthropology of love. We’ll talk about love, marriage, dating and sex in Iowa and around the world. Guests are Teresa Downing-Maitbag of Iowa State University and Sonia Ryang of the University of Iowa, both sociology professors. More.

Sexual Signals - Iowa Public Radio Interview, Sep. 16, 2011
Host Ben Kieffer discusses sexual signals and intimate relationships with Harry Brod, professor of philosphy and humanities at the Unviersity of Northern Iowa and main speaker in "Asking For It: The Ethics and Erotics of Sexual Consent." We talk about the DVD and the implications of misconceived sexual cues. We also speak with Teresa Downing-Matibag, a sociologist from Iowa State University and Jerrod Koon, coordinator for the Men's Anti-Violence Council in Iowa City.. More.

Christie Vilsack and Teresa Downing-Matibag Partner to Promote Healthy Relationships on Campus
This past April, over fifty Iowa State students gathered together in Eaton Hall dormitory for a “Healthy Intimate Relationships” workshop with Iowa’s former first lady Christie Vilsack.  Invited to Iowa State by the departments of sociology, psychology, and the Thielen Student Health Center, Mrs. Vilsack hosted a 3-hour workshop on promoting healthy relationships in today’s rapidly changing dating culture. More.