Dr. Aundrea Matthews is the President of the Buffalo Soldiers Association of West Point, Inc. She is a Buffalo Soldier descendant. Aundrea received her PhD at Rice University, a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Master of Liberal Arts from Texas Christian University (TCU), and a Master of Theological Studies from Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth, Texas. While at Brite, she received the 2007 Emerging Black Church Studies Scholar Award, and helped raise funds to establish the Black Church Studies program at Brite. She also participated in two study abroad programs, one in Ghana, and the other in Egypt.
While at Rice, Aundrea earned a Master of Arts in Religious Studies, co-authored Breaking Bread and Breaking Beats: Churches and Hip Hop: A Basic Guide to Key Issues and co-authored a chapter in Esotericism in African American Religious Experience: There is a Mystery, with Dr. Margarita S. Guillory from the University of Rochester in New York. She was the 2014 Rice University Graduate Student 90 Second Thesis Competition School of Humanities Winner. She is the creator and curator of the bi-annual Hearts, Hands, and Heritage quilt exhibition at Rice, and has curated more than 10 art exhibitions within the Greater Houston area. She has served as an adjunct professor in the Humanities Department at Lone Star Community College. From 2012-2014, she participated in the Embodiment and Religion Symposium at the University of Kent at Canterbury, United Kingdom. She also served as Assistant Project Coordinator for the Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning (CERCL) at Rice and was the Teaching Assistant and Logistics Coordinator for the nationally acclaimed Religion and Hip Hop Course at Rice. Her father, Sanders H. Matthews Jr., now deceased, was a Veteran of the Vietnam War and worked for IBM; her mother Rose Matthews is retired and lives in Texas.