Kevin J. Madigan

Dr. Kevin J. Madigan
Address14 Divinity Avenue
Cambridge, MA 2138

Professor of the History of Christianity, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University

B.A., College of the Holy Cross,
M.A., University of Virginia,
M.A., University of Chicago,
Ph.D., University of Chicago,

Kevin Madigan, Professor of the History of Christianity, is a historian of medieval Christian religious practice and thought. He began teaching at HDS in 2000. He specializes in high-medieval scholastic biblical exegesis and theology. His book Olivi and the Interpretation of Matthew in the High Middle Ages (University of Notre Dame Press) was published in 2003, and his study The Passions of Christ in High-Medieval Thought: An Essay on Christological Development was brought out by Oxford University Press in 2007. With Carolyn Osiek, Madigan co-authored Ordained Women in the Early Church: A Documentary History (Johns Hopkins, 2005; translated into Spanish 2008). In 2008, Madigan and Jon Levenson of HDS published Resurrection: The Power of God for Christians and Jews (Yale University Press), a project partly written during 2006-07 when Madigan was winner of a Luce Theological Fellowship. Madigan has contracted with Yale University Press for a new textbook in medieval Christianity tentatively entitled “The Medieval Church: A Modern History.”

curriculum vitae (Adobe Reader required)


  • History of Western Christianity, 150-1100 (Fall 2009)
  • Saints, Sanctity and Society in Ancient and Medieval Christianity: Seminar (Fall 2009)
  • History of Western Christianity, 1100-1500 (Spring 2010)
  • Recent Trends in Medieval Ecclesiastical Historiography (Spring 2010)
  • History of the Exegesis and Reception of the Gospel of Luke: Seminar (Spring 2011)
  • Seminar: Jewish-Christian Interaction and Conflict, ca. 200-1789 (Spring 2011)


  • Where the Intellectual and Spiritual Intersect (Harvard Gazette, 03/08)
  • Kevin Madigan Delivers Morning Prayers in Appleton Chapel (11/03)
  • Q&A With Kevin Madigan on His Newest Book (10/03)

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