Matthew Pereira, Ph.D.

Office:  160 Social Sciences & Humanities


Fall 2021 Office Hours:   By appointment, online.

Fall 2021 Class Schedule:

  • REL 1103.62408 Introduction to World Religions (HI) MWF 11:30 am -12:20 pm  SSH 035
  • REL 1103.62409 Introduction to World Religions (HI) MWF 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm  NRD 236
  • REL 2413.70692 Religion and the Body: Sports, Medicine and Sexuality (H) TR 4:30 - 5:45 pm  CLB 321
  • REL 4050.72447 Guided Readings on the Virgin Mary - Independent Study

My approach to teaching Religious Studies is animated and impassioned by the belief that religion does not exists in a sealed box or any particular corner. Religion and “being religious” – in all of its complexity and variance – permeates our everyday lives at the centers and peripheries, where it may be discovered in our communities, cultures and arts, sports and bodies, music and movies, politics, laws, economics, foods and traditions. I am passionate about cultivating within myself and students the discipline of critical listening that leads to greater understanding of one another by reflecting upon the practices, rituals and beliefs that orientate and bind people together – both past and present – throughout the world and within our own communities.

Recent Publications

“John Maxentius and the Scythian Monks,” in Encyclopedia of Medieval Philosophy: Philosophy Between 500 and 1500, ed. Henrik Lagerlund, New York: Springer Publishing (2019).

“Divine Suffering (Theopaschism),” in Encyclopedia of Medieval Philosophy: Philosophy Between 500 and 1500, ed. Henrik Lagerlund, New York: Springer Publishing (2019).

"The Council of Chalcedon 451: In Search of a Balanced and Nuanced Christology," in The Seven Icons of Christ: Introduction to the Oecumenical Councils, ed. Sergey Trostyanskiy. Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias Press (2016): 179–242.

"Augustine and Social Justice in Calvin’s Biblical Commentaries," in Augustine and Social Justice, eds. T. Delgado, J. Doody, K. Paffenroth. Augustine in Conversation: Tradition and Innovation. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield (2015): 227–250.

"Augustine, Pelagius, and the Southern Gallic Tradition: Faustus of Riez's De gratia Dei," in Grace for Grace: The Debates After Augustine and Pelagius, eds. Alexander Y. Hwang, Brian Matz, and Augustine Casiday. Washington D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, (2014): 180–207.

Recent Talks

“From the Margins to the Mainstream: How a Borderland Monastic Community Reimagined the Christian Tradition,” College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA (April, 2018).

“The Question of Divine Suffering in Chalcedon, the Scythian Monks and Contemporary Theology,” for Panel on the Council of Chalcedon, Mid-Atlantic Region of the American Academy of Religion, New Brunswick, NJ (March 2016).

“Rhetoric and Ecumenism in Late Antiquity,” Keynote Address at the Eighth Annual Sophia Institute Conference, at Union Theological Seminary in New York City (December, 2015).

“The Intertextual Tradition of Prosper’s De vocatione omnium gentium,” the Sixteenth International Conference on Patristic Studies, University of Oxford, Oxford, England (August, 2015).