Matthew L. Potts

Matthew L. Potts

Associate Professor of Religion and Literature and of Ministry Studies
Matthew Potts

HDS professor Matthew Potts / Photo: Evgenia Eliseeva


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


Matthew Potts joined the faculty of Harvard Divinity School in 2013. He studies the thought and practice of contemporary Christian communities through attention to diverse literary, theological, and liturgical 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 current book project examines the problems and possibilities of forgiveness through diverse and interdisciplinary readings of theory, theology, and literature. Other interests include theories of narrative, contemporary Anglican theology, postcolonial Christianity (especially in Japan), homiletics, and sacramental and liturgical theology.

Professor Potts is ordained a priest in the Episcopal Church and has served several parishes in Massachusetts.

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