Hannah Matis, Ph.D. Joins Virginia Seminary Faculty


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Alexandria, VA – Today, Virginia Theological Seminary is proud to announce the appointment of Hannah Matis, Ph.D., assistant professor of Church History at Virginia Theology Seminary. She will begin full time as of Aug. 1, 2014.

“Please join me in congratulating Dr. Matis on her appointment to the faculty,” said the Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D., dean and president of Virginia Theological Seminary. “We are delighted that she will be joining Virginia Theological Seminary.”

Matis currently holds a postdoctoral fellowship at Notre Dame (IN), serving as an instructor for courses such as “Women in Medieval Europe” and “Western Civilization to 1600.” She is also completing additional research for a book project, The Song of Songs in the Early Middle Ages.

As a double major, Matis received a B.A. in history and English from Lee University in 2003, and a Master's and Ph.D. in medieval studies from Notre Dame University. Additionally, she holds an M.A. in medieval history from the University of Durham, UK. Her doctoral dissertation, "Daughters of Jerusalem: Early Medieval Commentary on the Song of Songs and the Carolingian Reform,” explores how early medieval men and women read and interpreted the Song of Songs.

In 2013 Matis was honored with the “Distinguished Alumni Award” from Lee University’s history department.


Founded in 1823, Virginia Theological Seminary is the largest of the 11 accredited seminaries of the Episcopal Church. The school prepares men and women, representing more than 42 different dioceses and five different countries, for service in the Church, both as ordained and lay ministers, and offers a number of professional degree programs and diplomas. Visit us online at www.vts.edu.