Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

Formation and Education for the Life of the Church


Dr. Robert Alvis


Head shot of Dr. Robert AlvisDepartment: History
Title: Academic Dean and Associate Professor of Church History

Education 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 relations.

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.

His second book is White Eagle, Black Madonna: The Historical Development of the Polish Catholic Tradition (Fordham University Press, forthcoming).

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.