Matthew R Gabriele

Matthew Gabriele., Professor and Chair of the Department of Religion and Culture
Matthew Gabriele., Professor and Chair of the Department of Religion and Culture

Department of Religion and Culture
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Matthew Gabriele, a professor and chair of the Department of Relgion and Culture and a member of the Virginia Tech faculty since 2006. Gabriele is the author of “An Empire of Memory: The Legend of Charlemagne, the Franks, and Jerusalem before the First Crusade,” published by Oxford University Press. For this work, the Southeastern Medieval Association awarded him Best First Book in 2013.

Gabriele is well known for his courses centered on popular-culture phenomena such as the television series “Game of Thrones” and the video game “Dragon Age.” His research and teaching explore other topics as well, such as religion, violence, and apocalypse, whether based in the Middle Ages or the modern world.

  • Medieval Studies
  • Crusades
  • Apocalypse
  • Intellectual History
  • Christianity 
  • PhD, History, University of California, Berkeley  2005
  • BA, History, University of Delaware  1997
  • Elected Councilor, Medieval Academy of America (2016–19)
  • American Historical Association
  • Executive Committee, Department of Religion and Culture
  • Best First Book Southeastern Medieval Association, 2013
  • Certificate of Teaching Excellence, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, 2011

Published Books

Apocalypse, Prophecy, and the Transformation of the Medieval West (Oxford University Press, under contract).

An Empire of Memory: The Legend of Charlemagne, the Franks, and Jerusalem before the First Crusade (Oxford University Press, 2011).

When Heaven Came to Earth: Essays on Medieval Europe in Honor of Daniel F. Callahan, ed. Michael Frassetto, John G. Hosler, and Matthew Gabriele (Brill, 2014).

The Legend of Charlemagne in the Middle Ages: Power, Faith, and Crusade, ed. Matthew Gabriele and Jace Stuckey (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008).

Journal Articles

“The Shock of Prophecy: The Future Perfect of Jerusalem in Robert the Monk’s Historia of the First Crusade,” Journal of Medieval History, 42 (2016): forthcoming.

“The Last Carolingian Exegete: Pope Urban II, the Weight of Tradition, and Christian Reconquest,” Church History 81 (2012), 796–814.

“The Chosen People of the 11th and 21st Centuries,” Revisiting the ‘Judeo-Christian’ Tradition, special issue of Relegere: Studies in Religion and Reception 2 (2012): 281–90. 

"The Provenance of the Descriptio qualiter Karolus Magnus: Remembering the Carolingians at the Court of King Philip I (1060-1108) before the First Crusade,” Viator 39 (2008): 93–117.  


  • Best First Book for An Empire of Memory, Southeastern Medieval Association
  • University of Virginia, Distinguished Lecturer in Medieval Studies
  • NEH Summer Institute Participant, “Holy Land & Holy City,” in Oxford, UK
  • Medieval Academy of America
  • Etienne Gilson Dissertation Award
  • Exemplary Department Award, RLCL (Co-PI) 2019
  • International Travel Grant 2013, 2014, 2018
  • CLAHS Jerome Niles Faculty Research Award 2010, 2017
  • Inaugural Member, Academy of Faculty Leadership 2016
  • Global Partnership Sustainability Award 2015-2016,
  • Student Affairs “Favorite Faculty” Award 2015, 2016
  • CLAHS Departmental Diversity Award 2012, 2013
  • Humanities Summer Stipend, NEH Nominee 2010, 2012
  • Provost’s Visiting Scholars Award 2010, 2012
  • CLAHS Certificate of Teaching Excellence 2011
  • CLAHS Jerome Niles Faculty Fellowship 2011
  • Scholar of the Week 2011
  • ISCE Grant Development Award 2011
  • CIDER Diversity Enhancement Grant 2010
  • CEUT Interdisciplinary Instructional Grant 2009-2010
  • Learning Technologies iPod Grant 2008
  • CEUT Teaching-Release Grant 2007

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