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.