Madison Matthews, Segal Fellow

Madison Matthews

2018 Brandeis Undergraduate Segal Fellow

Madison Matthews is a junior majoring in Economics at Brandeis University, with minors in African and Afro-American Studies, as well as French. At the core of everything she does is her desire to lift up marginalized voices. She enacts this in and outside of the classroom. Madison has a radio show titled “Stay Saucy,” which is the first show hosted by two Black women on Brandeis’ WBRS 100.1 FM radio station. Through this platform, she collaborates with a wide range of people in the Brandeis community to broadcast dialogue on topics ranging from politics, gender, race and economics, to sexuality and philosophy. She is the co-founder of the Brandeis Legal Empowerment Global Brigade, which provides access to financial and legal resources that would not normally be available to disenfranchised women and families in rural Honduras. Madison envisions herself creating revolutionary ways of using economics to expand resources and solve issues for marginalized communities. Her academic specialization is the hybridization of economics, gender and race. She wants to use her vision of using economic theory, statistics and data-analysis to create cost-effective, just, and sustainable solutions. After writing various research papers about economic equity inside the classroom, she continued this passion through working with Prosperity Now, an organization that creates asset growth for low-income communities. Last summer she was their Applied Research Intern, where she used her economic and financial prowess to write a paper that will be published on why Black and Brown people have bad or no access to credit. She also interned for the Office of the D.C. Attorney General, Karl Racine, where she used quantitative skills to research and analyze delinquency cases, which served as a catalyst to increase funding for rehabilitation programs for youth in the D.C. area.