Dr. Robert Alvis
Title: Academic Dean and Associate Professor of Church History
- PhD (University of Chicago, 2000)
- MA (University of Chicago, 1992)
- BA (University of Virginia, 1991)
Dr. Robert E. Alvis has been at Saint Meinrad Seminary and
School of Theology since 2004.
His courses include surveys of the ancient, medieval, and modern
periods and more targeted studies of Christianity in America,
global Christianity, Christian architecture, and Christian-Muslim
His research focuses on the interface of religion and evolving
patterns of political organization, social identity, and cultural
expression in modern Central and Eastern Europe.
His first book, Religion and the Rise of Nationalism: A
Profile of an East-Central European City, was published by
Syracuse University Press in 2005.
Currently he is working on a second book that will explore the
practice of memory and the relationship to place among Catholics in
Upper Silesia, a Central European borderland that was subject to a
protracted struggle for control between Poland and Germany in the
He has published numerous articles, essays, and reviews in
prominent scholarly journals, including Church History,
the American Historical Review, the Journal of
Religion, and the Catholic Historical Review.