James Matenaer joined the History and Anthropology Department in the fall of 2013 coming from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he completed his doctoral dissertation on biblical exegesis and the apostolic poverty debates in the fourteenth century. His work has been published in the journal Franciscan Studies as well as in the series Recherches de Théologie et Philosophie Médiévales. He has presented his findings at the Newberry Library in Chicago, the annual conference of the Mid-America Medieval Association, the International Congress on Medieval Studies, and the biennial conference of the Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities. Since arriving at Franciscan University, James has taught several courses on the history of the Franciscan Order, including “Franciscans in History,” “Franciscans in the New World,” and a special topics course on the Franciscan vow of poverty and biblical exegesis. He and his wife, Mary Beth, live in Steubenville with their four daughters.
Department of History, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2012 Dissertation Title: “Postillators of Poverty and the Vita Apostolica: Matthean Exegesis on Apostolic Poverty in the Age of Pope John XXII”
Department of History, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2005 Master’s Thesis: “Nicholas of Lyra’s Place in Franciscan Exegesis”
University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2003 History, major; Religious Studies, certificate
Assistant Professor of History. Franciscan University of Steubenville, 2013-present
Associate Lecturer. Department of History, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, fall 2011 Designed and taught two undergraduate classes of world history. Hist 102: “World History Since 1500”
Lecturer. Department of History, University of Wisconsin-Madison, spring 2011 Designed and taught an undergraduate history course on medieval education with the support of the George L. Mosse Teaching Fellowship in European History. Hist 223: “Explorations in European History”
George L. Mosse Teaching Fellowship in European History, University of Wisconsin- Madison, spring 2011.
Vatican Film Library Mellon Fellowship, Knights of Columbus Vatican Film Library, St. Louis University, Jan. 7-18, 2008.
“Interpreting Joseph: Mary’s Vow and Its Implications in Thirteenth- and Fourteenth-Century Matthew Commentaries.” In Studies in Later Medieval Intellectual History in Honor of William J. Courtenay, ed. William O. Duba, et al. Recherches de Théologie et Philosophie Médiévales – Bibliotheca 14, 65-87. Leuven, 2017. (peer reviewed)
“Lyra in Light of Condemnation.” Franciscan Studies 65 (2007): 349-370. (peer reviewed)