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Mathew Schmalz


Religious Studies Department

Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Chicago


Fields: global Catholicisms, Hinduism, Catholic esotericism,  Mormonism, Jehovah's Witnesses, religion and violence, religion and the erotic

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Mat is the founding editor of the Journal of Global Catholicism.  He is associate professor of religious studies at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. Mat received his B. A. from Amherst College and his Ph.D. in the History of Religions from the University of Chicago. He has received Century, Watson, Fulbright, and AIIS Fellowships, and resided in India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka for a total of four years as a student and researcher. His publications engage global Catholicism (particularly in South Asia), Catholic theology and spirituality, Mormonism, and The Watchtower movement. He is co-editor of Engaging South Asian Religions: Boundaries, Appropriations, and Resistances and author of Mercy Matters: Opening Yourself to the Life Changing Gift. Schmalz has been a panelist for On Faith and the Boston Globe website Crux and wrote for the Huffington Post. He is now a regular contributor to The Conversation. He has published opinion pieces in Newsweek, Salon, the Washington Post, Commonweal Magazine, and The National Catholic Reporter. He also has provided expert commentary to USA Today, The New York Times, the Washington Post, ABC's Good Morning America, NPR, CNBC, Hardball with Chris Matthews, and U.S. News & World Report, among others.  Mat is a grateful husband and father to two wonderful daughters.

Selected Academic Articles

Mathew N. Schmalz“ Ad Experimentum: Theology, Anthropology and the Paradoxes of Indian Catholic Inculturation,” Theology and the Social Sciences, ed. Michael Barnes (Maryknoll NY: Orbis Books, 2001), 161-180.


Schmalz, Mathew N. "The Faith and Rationality of Dalit Christian Experience." Asian Horizons 5.1 (2011): 24-35


Mathew N. Schmalz, “Thinking with Nostra Aetate: From the New Pluralism to Comparative Theology,” Revisiting Vatican II: 50 Years of Renewal, Vol. I: Keynote and Plenary Papers of the DVK International Conference on Vatican II, 31 January - 3 February 2013, ed. Shaji George Kochuthara, Bangalore: Dharmaram Publications, 2014, 450-465.


Schmalz, Mathew N. "Hypostatic Union and the Subtle Body: An Analysis of Christian Yogic Practice." Asian Horizons 6.2 (2012): 353-363.


Schmalz, Mathew N. "The Silent Body of Audrey Santo." History of Religions 42.2 (2002): 116-142.


Schmalz, Mathew N. "Images of the Body in the Life and Death of a North Indian Catholic Catechist." History of Religions 39.2 (1999): 177-201


Selected Journalistic Writing

The Conversation: Taxing the rich to help the poor? Here’s what the Bible says

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