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August 24, 1963
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
Personal life 
She was born and raised in Kitchener, Ontario, and studied philosophy and fine arts at the University of Waterloo, Ontario. She earned her Ph.D. in Islamic studies from the University of Chicago in 1999. Raised as a Catholic, she ultimately abandoned religion "for good" during her teenage years,; in her senior year of college, she went to Paris and befriended several Muslim Senegalese, and in a year converted to Islam and began to wear the hijab. She had initially studied the heleno-christian artistic tradition, but later felt a deeper connection with the islamic approach.
In 1987 she travelled to Pakistan where she worked with Afghan refugees for a year. There, she met and married a fellow volunteer Aamer Atek, an Egyptian engineer. She went on to be very active in educating Canadian Muslims to become active participants in Canadian society at large. She is now Chair of the Islamic Studies Program at Huron University College, London Ontario. Previously, she was Director of the Duncan Black Macdonald Center for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations and Professor of Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations at Hartford Seminary in Hartford, Connecticut. She founded the Islamic Chaplaincy program at Hartford Seminary, the first Islamic chaplaincy program in the United States.
In 2001 she was elected vice-president of ISNA and in 2006 she was elected the first female president of the organization. She has guest lectured at such institutions as the US Naval Academy. Mattson is the first convert to lead the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA).
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