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Hannah Matis, Ph.D.

Hannah Matis, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Church History. She joined the faculty in 2014. Her areas of expertise include early medieval biblical interpretation, late antiquity and medieval history, Reformation history, Anglican studies, and the history of spirituality. She teaches courses in Church History and Spirituality.  She has a particular interest in the religious experience of women within the Christian tradition, and is currently at work on a book project she is tentatively entitling, A Women’s History of Christianity.
 
In her first book, The Song of Songs in the Early Middle Ages, she examined how one book of the Bible was interpreted in the early medieval West by a number of its most important and influential monks and clergy. Reading the Song of Songs allegorically as a love song between Christ and the Church, Gregory the Great, the Venerable Bede, Alcuin, and others used the text as a blueprint for church reform and a way to shape an emerging sense of clerical identity.

In addition to a master's degree and a doctorate in Medieval Studies from the University of Notre Dame, Dr. Matis also holds a master’s degree in medieval history from the University of Durham.

A convert to the Episcopal church and the Anglican tradition, she remains by choice a devout layperson.  She has a longstanding love of film, knitting, cooking, period music, and fantasy literature.

Publications

The Song of Songs in the Early Middle Ages (Brill, 2019) 
 
Review of Renie S. Choy, Intercessory Prayer in the Carolingian Reforms (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016), Church History 86.3 (2017): 849-851. 
 
“Paschasius Radbertus and the Nuns of Soissons,” Church History 85.4 (2016): 665-689. 
 
"Early Medieval Exegesis of the Song of Songs and the Maternal Language of Clerical Authority," Speculum 89.2 (2014): 358-381. 
 
"Ratramnus of Corbie, Heinrich Bullinger, and the English Reformation," Viator 43.1 (2012): 375-392.
hmatis@vts.edu
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