Hannah Matis, Ph.D. became the assistant professor of church history at VTS effective August 1, 2014. Before coming to the Seminary, Matis held 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. Matis also taught at Indiana University at South Bend from 2012 to 2013.
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.
Her publications include "Ratramnus of Corbie, Heinrich Bullinger, and the English Reformation;" "Early Medieval Exegesis of the Song of Songs and the Maternal Language of Clerical Authority," and a work in progress, “Paschasius Radbertus and the Nuns of Soissons.”