Matthew Briel, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

508-767-7127 Founders Hall - Room 318

Degrees Earned

B.A. Philosophy, University of Notre Dame, 
M.T.S. History of Christianity, University of Notre Dame, 
M.A. Classics, University of Minnesota , 
Ph.D., Historical Theology, Fordham University

Undergraduate Courses Taught

Introduction to Theology
Catholicism Today


Conference Papers

“An Unexamined Greek Report of the Life of Joan of Arc.” Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI. May 2016.

“The Resurgence of Tyche in the Last Century of Byzantium.”BSC. New York. October 2015.

“Gennadios Scholarios’ Thomistic Defense of Aristotle.” Never the Twain Shall Meet. Latins and Greeks Learning from Each Other in Byzantium. Stockholm. June 2015.

“Freedom, Necessity and the Laws of Nature in the Thought of Gennadios Scholarios.” Understanding Persons: Ancient, Medieval and Modern Perspectives from the Christian East. Aristotle University, Thessaloniki. May 2014.

“The Reception of Thomas Aquinas’ Theology of Providence in Greek Orthodox Theology 1458-1977.” Confronting the Christian ‘Other’: East-West Relations in the Middle Ages, Forschungskolloquium. Vienna. March 2014.

“Gregory the Theologian, Logos and Literature.” Sixteenth International Conference on Patristic Studies. Oxford. August 2011.

“Doctrine as a Principle of Newman’s Theological Reading of the Fathers.” National Newman Conference. Pittsburgh. August 2010.

“Ratio per Historiam: The Influence of Cicero’s de Re Publica on the Historical Method Used by Augustine in His de Civitate Dei.” NAPS. Chicago. May 2009.

“Thucydides’ Rationalizing Idea of Miasma in Book II of His History.” AAR Upper Midwest Regional Meeting. Minneapolis. March 2009.

Grants and Awards

Fordham Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Alumni Dissertation Completion Fellowship, 2015-2016.

Orthodox Christian Studies Center. Fordham University. Summer Research Fellowship. 2014.

Fulbright-Mach Fellowship, Austria. Institut für Byzantinistik und Neogräzistik, Vienna. 2013-2014.

Fordham Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Research Fellowship for dissertation writing. 2013-2014.

University of Notre Dame Medieval Institute. Research Fellowship. Summer 2013.

Dumbarton Oaks Summer Fellowship (Harvard University). Summer 2012.

Fordham Bennett Award: Presidential distinguished fellowship. 2010-2015.

Professional Affiliations

Phi Kappa Phi, Alpha Sigma Nu