- 2015 – : Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, College of Charleston
- 2014-2015: Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion and African and African American Studies, Earlham College
- 2014: Visiting Lecturer of History and Catholic Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago
- 2014: Northwestern University – Ph.D., Religious Studies
- 2008: Harvard Divinity School – M.T.S., Religions of the Americas
- 2006: St. Bonaventure University – B.A., History and Theology
- Authentically Black and Truly Catholic: The Rise of Black Catholicism in the Great Migration (New York University Press, Fall 2017)
- 2016: “Forum: Race, White Supremacy, and the Making of American Catholicism,” American Catholic Studies (Fall 2016).
- 2015: Review of Women of the Nation: Between Black Protest and Sunni Islam, by Dawn-Marie Gibson and Jamillah Karim, Journal of American History 102 (2015): 621.
- 2015: Review of Gods of the Mississippi, Michael Pasquier ed., Journal of Southern Religion 17 (2015): http://jsreligion.org/issues/vol17/cressler.html.
- 2014: “Black Power, Vatican II, and the Emergence of Black Catholic Liturgies,” U.S. Catholic Historian 32.4 (Fall 2014).
- 2014: “Black Catholic Conversion and the Burden of Black Religion,” Journal of Africana Religions, Vol. 2 No. 2 (2014): 280-287.
- 2013: Review of The Look of Catholics, by Anthony Burke Smith, Material Religion vol. 9, iss. 2 (June 2013): 255-257.
- 2011: “Ground Zero and the ‘S-word,’” Harvard Divinity Bulletin vol. 39, nos. 1&2 (Winter/Spring 2011): 11-14.
- 2016, “What White Catholics Owe Black Americans,” Slate (September 2, 2016): http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/history/2016/09/georgetown_s_reparations_are_to_be_commended_but_catholics_still_owe_black.html
- Contributor, Religion in American History blog: http://usreligion.blogspot.com/search/label/Matthew%27s%20posts.
- 2015: “Why White Terrorists Attack Black Churches,” Slate (June 19, 2015): http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/history/2015/06/charleston_ame_church_shooting_dylann_roof_is_the_latest_in_a_long_line.html
- 2014: “Augustus Tolton and St. Monica’s Parish,” in Faith in the City: Chicago’s Religious Diversity in the Era of the World’s Fair, Christopher D. Cantwell, ed. (Newberry Library, 2014): forthcoming.
- 2012: “The Sunday Before the Election: the Faith Community of St. Sabina,” Religion & Politics online news journal (5 November, 2012): http://religionandpolitics.org/2012/11/05/the-sunday-before-the-election/2/.
- 2012: “Beyond the Black Church, Or, African American Religious Studies: The Next Generation,” History of Christianity blog, American Society of Church History (16 July, 2012): http://www.churchhistory.org/blogs/blog/beyond-the-black-church-or-african-american-religious-studies-the-next-generation/.
AWARDS, FELLOWSHIPS, AND GRANTS
- 2014: George Bond Graduate Award for Teaching, Northwestern University
- 2013: Graduate Affiliate, Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, Northwestern University
- 2012: John Tracy Ellis Dissertation Award, American Catholic Historical Association
- 2012: Research Grant, Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism (University of Notre Dame)
- 2006: Ideal Student Award, St. Bonaventure University
- 2006: Fr. Roderick Wheeler History Award, St. Bonaventure University
- 2006: Senior Theology Award, St. Bonaventure University
- 2015: Presider, “Race, White Supremacy, and the Construction of ‘American Catholicism'” Roundtable at the American Academy of Religion, Atlanta (November)
- 2014: “Black Catholics, Black Power, and the Second Vatican Council in Chicago” at The Lived History of Vatican II Conference, University of Notre Dame (April).
- 2014: “Black and Catholic?: Debating Black Power and the Black Catholic Movement, 1968-1984,” in Catholics, Racial Justice, and Reassessing Religion in the Long Civil Rights Movement at the American Historical Association (January).
- 2014: “Liturgy as Protest: Black Catholic Masses in the Post-Conciliar United States,” in Liturgical Imagination and Social Justice: Four Case Studies in Postconciliar U.S. Catholic Activism at the American Catholic Historical Association, Washington D.C. (January).
- 2013: “The ‘SOUL’ of Black Catholics: Imagining Africa and the Black Catholic Diaspora, 1968–1984,” in African Religions Across the Black Atlantic: Christian and Muslim Diasporas at the American Academy of Religion, Baltimore (November).
- 2013: “Black Catholics and the Politics of Conversion in Migration-era Chicago” in Black Catholicism and Black Religion in American Religious History at the American Society of Church History, New Orleans (January).
- 2013: “Black Catholics and Black Power” in Another Historiographical Heresy? Catholic Distinctiveness in American Religious History at the American Historical Association, New Orleans (January).
- 2011: “Black Priest for a Black Church: Race and Catholicism at the Turn of the Twentieth Century,” in Out of Place: African American Religious Lives in Catholic, Mormon, and Orthodox Spaces at the American Academy of Religion, San Francisco (November).
- 2011: “‘Official Host of the Son of God’: Visions of a Catholic America at Chicago’s International Eucharistic Congress,” in Faith and the City: Urban Religions and the Narratives of Modernity at the American Society of Church History, Boston (January).
INVITED PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS
- 2015: “A Catholic Case for Reparations,” Fr. Jerome Kelley Lecture, St. Bonaventure University (October).
- 2014: “Black Catholics from Great Migrations to Black Power,” Institute for Black Catholic Studies, Xavier University of Louisiana (November).
- 2012: “Black Catholics and the Souls of Black Folk,” Guest Speaker, Northwestern University Interfaith Initiative (May).
- 2010: “What Do Catholics, Martin Luther King, and Park 51 Have in Common? A Conversation about Religion and America,” Interfaith Hall Fireside Chat, Northwestern University (November).
- 2010: “African American Religion and Power: Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, and James Baldwin,” Interfaith Hall Fireside Chat, Northwestern University (February).
Professor, College of Charleston
- 2016: Religion in America
- 2016: Approaches to Religion: Sacred and Special Stuff
- 2015: Religion and Society: Black Nationalism and Religion
- 2015: African American Religion
Professor, Earlham College
- 2015: History of African American Religious Experiences
- 2015: Riots and Rebellions in African American History
- 2015: Becoming Someone New: Stories of Spiritual Transformation
- 2014: Is Religion T(t)rue?: Theory and Method in the Study of Religion
- 2014: Black Nationalism and Black Power
Lecturer, University of Illinois at Chicago
- 2014: Catholics and Catholicism in American History
Teaching Assistant, Northwestern University
- 2013: Introduction to Islam (Brannon Ingram)
- 2012: Religion in Human Experience (Richard Kieckhefer)
- 2012: Introduction to Islam (Muhammad Sani Umar)
- 2011: Religion in Human Experience (J. Michelle Molina)
- 2010: Religion, Medicine, and Suffering in the West (Robert Orsi)
- 2010: American Religious History, World War II – Present (Robert Orsi)
- 2009: American Religious History, 1865 – Great Depression (Robert Orsi)
- 2015: Co-writer for Wabash Center Grant for “Developing Interfaith Encounters as High Impact Educational Practices,” College of Charleston
- 2011 – 2012: “Religion and the Trans” Graduate Student Conference, Committee Chair, Northwestern University
- 2009 – 2012: Graduate Student Convener, North American Religions Workshop, Northwestern University
- 2010 – 2011: President, Religious Studies Graduate Student Association, Northwestern University
- French, Reading Proficiency
- Spanish, Reading Proficiency
- Black Catholic Theological Symposium (Affiliate Member)
- American Academy of Religion
- American Historical Association
- American Society of Church History
- American Catholic Historical Association