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  • Dr. James Matenaer

    Assistant Professor of History


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    Biographical Profile

    Dr. James Matenaer joined the Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2013 after completing his doctorate in Medieval European history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research interests include the history of the Franciscan Order, medieval universities, and scriptural interpretation. His writing has been published in Franciscan Studies, and he has presented both at the Newberry Library in Chicago and at the Mid-America Medieval Association Annual Conference. His most recent article entitled “Interpreting Joseph: Mary’s Vow and Its Implications in Thirteenth- and Fourteenth-Century Matthew Commentaries,” is forthcoming. Dr. Matenaer regularly teaches courses on the history of western civilization, Medieval and Early Modern Europe, and the Franciscan Order.

    He and his wife, Mary Beth, now live in Steubenville with their two daughters, Monica and Brigid, but they were both born in Wisconsin and still cheer on the Milwaukee Brewers.

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