Matt, the Historian

My area of research is the ways in which religion and the nation-state collide. This involves a wide variety of subjects. As a historian, I am primarily interested in “change over time”, but my research has led me into issues dealing with sociology of religion, ethics, political science, moral history, cultural history, First Amendment issues, and even some statistical analysis.

I recently submitted my MA thesis for review, titled “Religious Patriotism During World War I: A Tri-Faith Perspective”. It explores the ways in which Jews, Catholics, and Protestants described their relationship with their faith to their loyalty to the nation-state. I cover the years 1914-1918 and study three different weekly publications: The Jewish Criterion (Jewish, today published as the Jewish Chronicle), America (Catholic), and The Christian Century (Protestant).