Ann Matter: William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Religious Studies
Dr. E. Ann Matter, professor and chair of the department of religious studies, has been appointed the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Religious Studies.
Dr. Matter’s teaching and research encompass the history of Christian spirituality, the interpretation of the Bible in the Middle Ages, women in the Christian tradition, and textual studies. In addition to critical editions of medieval texts, Dr. Matter has published over 60 articles and chapters on Christian history.
She is the author of The Voice of My Beloved: The Song of Songs in Western Medieval Christianity and co-editor of Creative Women in Medieval and Early Modern Italy: A Religious and Artistic Renaissance and The Liturgy of the Medieval Church. She has also published a translation of a novel by the Italian author Grazia Deledda into English as The Church of Solitude.
Dr. Matter is the co-editor of the medieval volume of The New Cambridge History of the Bible, to appear in 2007.
She has also served on numerous editorial boards including the University of Pennsylvania Press, the Encyclopedia of Women in World Religions, the Journal of Medieval Latin, and is the current editor of the Medieval Feminist Forum.
Dr. Matter’s honors include a research fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities, a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship and election as a Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America.
Dr. Matter has taught at Penn since 1976 and was appointed the R. Jean Brownlee Term Professor in 1996. She is former director of the women’s studies program and has served as chair of the graduate group in religious studies and as undergraduate chair in religious studies.
She has been recognized with both a Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching and the Outstanding Teaching Award from the College Alumni Society.
Dr. Matter received her bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College and her doctorate from Yale University.
This chair was established through a gift from the William R. Kenan Charitable Trust to support a scholar and teacher of distinction whose enthusiasm for learning, commitment to teaching, and interest in students will make a notable contribution to the undergraduate community. Established in 1966, the William R. Kenan Charitable Trust focuses on education at private institutions in the United States.
Almanac, Vol. 52, No. 13, November 22, 2005