Matthew Ichihashi Potts

Matthew Ichihashi Potts

Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church
Matthew Potts

On Leave

Spring 2023


  • BA, University of Notre Dame
  • MDiv, Harvard Divinity School
  • PhD, Harvard University


Matthew Ichihashi Potts joined the faculty of Harvard Divinity School in 2013. He studies the thought and practice of Christian communities through attention to diverse literary and theological texts.

In particular, he seeks to analyze and interpret Christian ethical and sacramental practices while employing the resources of literature, literary theory, and Christian theology. His first book, Cormac McCarthy and the Signs of Sacrament: Literature, Theology, and the Moral of Stories (Bloomsbury Academic, 2015), uncovers in contemporary fiction a moral framework that is deeply indebted to traditions of Christian sacramental theology. His second book, Forgiveness: On Accountability and Atonement (forthcoming from Yale University Press), examines the problems and possibilities of forgiveness through diverse and interdisciplinary readings of theory, theology, and literature. Other interests include theories of narrative and writing, contemporary Anglican theology, constructive theology from Asian and Asian-American sources, homiletics, and sacramental theology.

Professor Potts served as an officer in the United States Navy and as a college administrator before being ordained a priest in the Episcopal Church. He has ministered to several parishes in Massachusetts and now serves as the Pusey Minister in Harvard’s Memorial Church.

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