Dr Matthew Mills
Matthew works with students at Cuddesdon on courses in pre-Reformation church history, alongside delivering teaching in theology and history at several colleges in the University of Oxford; he is currently Lecturer in Medieval Studies at Regent’s Park College and Lecturer in Theology at St John’s College.
Matthew’s research interests lie, primarily, in the intellectual, devotional and artistic cultures of the medieval west, especially the Latin church, and its encounters with Greek and Arabic civilisations. He is currently preparing a monograph on the cult of the Virgin Mary in the monasteries of medieval Britain, analysing the interplay of Marian thought and the Benedictine calling, as well as tracing some Patristic and Byzantine antecedents of key ideas. The writings of Anselm of Canterbury (d. 1109) and his circle have been particularly significant for this research – Matthew is a member of the International Association for Anselm Studies – but he has also worked on a later monastic figure, Stephen of Sawley (d. 1252), a Cistercian abbot.
As a student, Matthew read theology at Oxford and Durham, before returning to Oxford for a doctoral studentship with the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Since 2014, he has been an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK.