Matthews, Adam

Early Career Fellow, Lecturer in Discipline

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2021     Columbia University—Ph.D.

2013     Western Michigan University—M.A.
2011     Wittenberg University—B.A.

Adam C. Matthews is an Early Career Fellow in the Department of History at Columbia University, where he also earned his Ph.D. in 2021. His research focuses on the legal, documentary, and liturgical practices of medieval Catalonia and southern France during the ninth through eleventh centuries. His dissertation, “Law, Liturgy, and Sacred Space in Medieval Catalonia and Southern France, 800-1100,” examined 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, the Liber iudiciorum. This research has been supported by the Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship (2020-2021) and the Medieval Academy of America’s Helen Maud Cam Dissertation Grant (2018).

Adam’s teaching focus at Columbia includes “Introduction to the Early Middle Ages” (Spring 2022) and “Pre-Colonial Mesoamerican Societies & Cultures” (Fall 2019 & Fall 2021).


 “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).