Matthew Gabriele is a Professor of Medieval Studies and Chair of the Department of Religion and Culture at Virginia Tech.
He completed an Honors BA in history at the University of Delaware and then his M.A. and Ph.D. in medieval history at the University of California, Berkeley.
His research and teaching are generally concerned with religion, violence, nostalgia, and apocalypse (in various combinations), whether manifested in the Middle Ages or modern world. This include events and ideas such as the Crusades, the so-called “Terrors of the Year 1000” and medieval feelings about the end of the world, as well as medieval religious and political life more generally. He also has presented and published on modern medievalism, such as recent white supremacist appropriations of the Middle Ages and pop culture phenomena like Game of Thrones or the video game Dragon Age.
He has published several books and numerous academic articles. He also has presented at dozens of national and international conferences and has given invited talks at Harvard, Princeton, Georgetown, the University of California-Berkeley, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Virginia, the University of Minnesota, the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, the University of Kent, Nottingham Trent University, and Westfälische Wilhelms Üniversität-Münster.
In 2010, he was a visiting researcher at the Religion und Politik Exzellenzcluster at Westfälische Wilhelms Üniversität-Münster, and he was an elected Councilor of the Medieval Academy of America (2016-19). Between 2014-17, he was the faculty principal of the Residential College at West Ambler Johnston, where he managed an $85,000/ year budget, informally supervised both staff and faculty, and supplemented the intellectual lives of 850+ undergraduates. He is currently Chair of the Department of Religion & Culture at Virginia Tech.
He also attempts to bring his research and teaching to the public. He was a regular contributor to Forbes.com and his public writing has appeared in such places as The Washington Post, Time, The Guardian, The Daily Beast, Slate, and The Roanoke Times. Interviews with him have aired locally, nationally, and internationally.
He is, with David M. Perry, writing a new history of the Middle Ages – The Bright Ages – for Harper (appearing 2021).