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Dr. Matthew Briel
Assistant Professor of Theology
Assumption University

Matthew C. Briel, PhD, serves as Assistant Professor of Theology at Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts, a position he has held since 2016. Dr. Briel previously served as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Scranton.

Before earning a PhD in Theology from Fordham University in 2016, Briel received an MA in Classics from the University of Minnesota in 2010, an MTS in the History of Christianity from the University of Notre Dame in 2007, and a BA in Philosophy, magna cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame in 2003. Briel has studied at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome, the Gennadius Library of the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, the University of Vienna, and as an accredited scholar at the Vatican Library. He has written on a variety of topics from the history of Christian thought, including the works of St. John Henry Newman and Gennadios Scholarios.

Published Pieces

Oxford University

In Memory of Father Ian Ker

A reflection on the life of Oxford theologian and Newman scholar Fr. Ian Ker from a pupil and friend.

Dr. Matthew C. Briel
Nov 17, 2022
Quill and Ink

The Perils of the PhD

As many doctoral programs fail to explore questions outside of the narrow confines of their field and do little to encourage a sense of wonder, new PhDs are in danger of missing the deeper purpose of education.

Dr. Matthew C. Briel
Oct 28, 2021