Associate Professor of Religious Studies, College of the Holy Cross
Mat is the founding editor of the Journal of Global Catholicism. He is associate professor of religious studies at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. Mat received his B.A. from Amherst College and his Ph.D. in the History of Religions from the University of Chicago. He has received Century, Watson, Fulbright, and AIIS Fellowships, and resided in India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka for a total of four years as a student and researcher. His publications engage global Catholicism (particularly in South Asia), Catholic theology and spirituality, Mormonism, and The Watchtower movement. He is co-editor of Engaging South Asian Religions: Boundaries, Appropriations, and Resistances and author of Mercy Matters: Opening Yourself to the Life Changing Gift. Schmalz has been a panelist for On Faith and the Boston Globe website Crux and wrote for the Huffington Post. He is now a regular contributor to The Conversation. He has published opinion pieces in Newsweek, Salon, the Washington Post, Commonweal Magazine, and The National Catholic Reporter. He also has provided expert commentary to USA Today, The New York Times, the Washington Post, ABC’s Good Morning America, NPR, CNBC, Hardball with Chris Matthews, and U.S. News & World Report, among others. Mat is a grateful husband and father to two wonderful daughters.