In academic year 2016-2017, Dr. Allison Mattheis, Assistant Professor of Education at Cal State LA, provided research support to MCM as a Faculty Fellow for the Public Good. Dr. Mattheis taught two MA courses in Fall 2016 where students used MCM as their case study. One course focused on politics and policy, the other on qualitative research methods. In Spring 2017, Dr. Mattheis coached two graduate students, Sivan Levaton and Anell Tercero, in synthesizing the course findings into a policy brief.
Dr. Mattheis' own research is on youth empowerment and how to bring marginalized voices into institutional spaces. Along with MCM team members Maryann Aguirre and Adonia Lugo, she co-authored a chapter about biking in East L.A. that was included in the 2017 book Anthropology of Los Angeles: Place and Agency in an Urban Setting.