Matthew Dowling

Assistant Professor

Contact Information:


Ruane Center for the Humanities 119


Ph.D. - History; Yale University

Brief Biography:

I am a native of the beautiful state of Maine where I grew up on the shores of Maquoit Bay and attended Bates College as an undergraduate. I am also a Francophile and love to travel to France whenever the budget allows.

Area(s) of Expertise:

Dr. Matthew J. Dowling is a historian of modern France, with a focus on the intersection of religious and social history. His main research focus is currently the role of French missionaries in the Pacific in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Dr. Dowling is also interested in the idea of the pilgrimage in the modern world and has written on the evolution of Lisieux, France, as a pilgrimage site. In addition to teaching upper-division courses in modern European history, Dr. Dowling also teaches an introductory course in African history.

Selected Presentations:

Dowling, M. 63rd Annual Meeting of the Society for French Historical Studies. , Washington, DC - "All Politics is Local: Colonial Responses to the Separation of Church and State in Polynesia" April, 2017

Dowling, M. American Catholic Historical Association. , New York, NY - "Toward Cooperation: Protestants and Catholics in French Polynesia, 1860-1924" January, 2015

Dowling, M. Historical Justice and Memory (Alliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability). , New York, NY - "Paper: Shared Sacred Space: Protestant and Catholics in French Polynesia, 1797-2013" December, 2013

Dowling, M. International Conference for Academic Disciplines. , Toronto, Canada - "Paul Gaugin and Colonial Politics in French Polynesia" May, 2013

Dowling, M. Annual Worldwide Forum on Education and Culture. , Rome, Italy - "Paper: The Development of Western Civilization Program at Providence College, 1971-2010: Texts and Contexts" November, 2010

Dowling, M. French Colonial Historical Society. , San Francisco, CA - "Evangelizing from Lisieux: Ste. Therese and Her Spiritual Brothers" May, 2009

Dowling, M. 65th Annual Meeting of the Southern Historical Association. , Fort Worth, Texas - "Sanctity, Socialism, and the Bottom Line: the Politics of Cooperation in Lisieux, 1914-1925" November, 1999