About the Director

Matthew Tapie, Director and Saint Leo University Associate Professor Dr. Tapie is Assistant Professor of Theology and Director of the Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies at Saint Leo University, Saint Leo, Florida. His teaching and research interests are in comparative theology, moral theology, and the thought of Thomas Aquinas. From 2012-2014, Dr. Tapie was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Theology at The Catholic University of America and was appointed a research fellow at CUA's Institute for Interreligious Study and Dialogue. He has also taught 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.

Dr. Tapie is the author of Aquinas on Israel and the Church: The Question of Supersessionism in the Theology of Thomas Aquinas (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, of Reading Scripture as a Political Act: Essays on the Theopolitical Interpretation of the Bible (Fortress Press, 2015). He has published journal articles in Studies in Christian Jewish-Relations, Journal of Moral Theology, Jaarboek (the Journal of the Aquinas Institute of Utrecht, the Netherlands), and Restoration Quarterly. 

Dr. Tapie is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the Society of Christian Ethics, the Catholic Theological Society of America, the Council of Centers on Jewish-Christian Relations, and the Society for Scriptural Reasoning.