Field: Medieval; Advisor: Kosto; Year: 2014
Adam C. Matthews is a doctoral candidate in history at Columbia University. His research focuses on the
legal, documentary, and liturgical practices of medieval Catalonia and southern France during the ninth
through eleventh centuries. In his dissertation, “Law, Liturgy, and Sacred Space in Medieval Catalonia,
850-1100,” he examines how the judges and community leaders of the lands bordering the eastern
Pyrenees Mountains capitalized on ever-evolving conceptions of churches as sacred spaces in order to
develop innovative court strategies and thereby reinforce the authority of the region’s law code.
Adam’s research is supported by the Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship (2020-2021) and
the Medieval Academy of America’s Helen Maud Cam Dissertation Grant (2018).
“Within Sacred Boundaries: The Limitations of Saintly Justice in the Province of Narbonne around the
Year 1000,” Journal of Medieval History 46:3 (July, 2020), 284-305.
Review of Cullen J. Chandler, Carolingian Catalonia: Politics, Culture and Identity in an Imperial
Province, 778-987, Early Medieval History (April, 2020).
Prior to arriving at Columbia, Adam received his bachelor’s of arts from Wittenberg University (2011)
and his master’s of arts from Western Michigan University (2013).
Adam has taught in the history departments of Wittenberg University, Western Michigan University and
Columbia. He received a Teaching Observation Fellowship from Columbia (2017-2018) and served as a
Teaching Consultant for Columbia’s Center for Teaching and Learning (2019-2020).
As part of the Teaching Scholars Program at Columbia, Adam designed and taught an undergraduate
course entitled, “Pre-Colonial Mesoamerican Societies & Cultures, ca. 1500 BCE—1521 CE” (Fall