Tapie, Matthew

Title: Assistant Professor of Theology and Director of the Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies

Department: Department of Philosophy, Theology, and Religion

Phone: 352-588-7298

Email: matthew.tapie@saintleo.edu


  • Ph.D., Moral Theology/Ethics,The Catholic University of America
  • M.Div., Abilene Christian University
  • M.A., Religion & Politics,Baylor University
  • B.A., Theology,Abilene Christian University


Dr. Tapie is Assistant Professor of Theology and Director of the Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies at Saint Leo University, Saint Leo, Florida. From 2012-2014, Dr. Tapie was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Theology at The Catholic University of America (CUA), and was appointed a research fellow at CUA's Institute for Interreligious Study and Dialogue. He has also taught Christian Ethics at Georgetown University and Loyola University Maryland. 

As director of the Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies, Dr. Tapie oversees the center’s research fellow program, guest lecturer programs, and interreligious dialogue initiatives. Additionally, Dr. Tapie participates in interreligious dialogues, academic consultations on Jewish-Catholic relations, and has lectured in a variety of national and international contexts. In 2016, Dr. Tapie was appointed to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Committee on Ethics, Religion, and the Holocaust. He also serves on the leadership team of the Catholic Theological Society of America's Consultation on Judaism and Christianity. 

Community Affiliation:

  • American Academy of Religion
  • Society of Christian Ethics
  • Catholic Theological Society of America
  • Council of Centers on Jewish-Christian Relations
  • Society for Scriptural Reasoning
  • Society for Post-Supersessionist Theology

Teaching & Professional Interests:

Dr. Tapie’s teaching and research interests are in comparative theology, Catholic-Jewish relations, political theology, and the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas. He is the author ofAquinas on Israel and the Church(Pickwick/Wipf & Stock, 2014), which was the focus of a special session at the 51st International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 12, 2016. He is also co-editor, with Daniel McClain, ofReading Scripture as a Political Act: Essays on the Theopolitical Interpretation of the Bible(Fortress Press, 2015). Dr. Tapie has published peer-reviewed articles inStudies in Christian-Jewish Relations,The Journal of Moral Theology,Jaarboek(the Journal of the Aquinas Institute of Utrecht, the Netherlands), andRestoration Quarterly. 

Honors & Awards:

  • Participant, The Theology and the University Colloquium at the Center for Catholic Faith and Culture at Duquesne University, with annual meetings from 2017-2020
  • Participant, “A Sacred Calling, A Pivotal Moment: A Conversation on the Newest Statements on the Christian-Jewish Relationship,” Saint Joseph’s Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations at Saint Joseph’s University, February 24th 2016
  • Interfaith Youth Core Curriculum Grant

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