Matthew Potts

Matthew 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 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 served several parishes in Massachusetts.

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