Curriculum Vitae

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Matthew John Milliner

Ph.D.    Department of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University 2011. Dissertation title: The Virgin of the Passion: Development, dissemination, and afterlife of a Byzantine icon type.

M.A.    Medieval and Byzantine Art, Department of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University, 2007.

M.Div.  Princeton Theological Seminary, 2005.

B.A.    Art History, Wheaton College, 1998.


Wheaton College Art Department, Assistant Professor of Art History, 2011-Present

2013-15  United States Senate Curatorial Advisory Board Member for the 113th Congress.

2014   Junior Faculty Achievement Award, Wheaton College.

2014    National Humanities Center: Summer Institute for Advanced Study Fellow 2014 (Berlin)

2013    National Humanities Center: Summer Institute for Advanced Study Fellow (North Carolina)

2010    Harold W. Dodds Honorific Fellowship, The Graduate School of Princeton University.

Religion & Culture Fellowship, Center for the Study of Religion, Princeton University. 

2009   Junior Research Residential Fellow, The Cyprus Institute, Nicosia, Cyprus.

Spears Research Grant, Princeton University

2006-2010    Seeger Fund grant recipient, Princeton University

2005-2010    Stanley J. Seeger Fellow, Program in Hellenic Studies, Princeton University.

2007-2009    Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies travel grant, Princeton University.

2005    Goethe Institute Scholarship, Princeton Theological Seminary.

Current Book Projects
Father, Mother, Son. Investigations at the intersection of art history, theology and post-secular feminism co-authored with Amy Peeler.  Under review.

Mother of the Lamb. A global history and theological reinterpretation of the Virgin of the Passion icon type.

Book Chapters
2015  "Scandal of the Evangelical Eye: Icons of Christ from Market to Mystagogy," in Use, Misuse and Want of Early Christianity among Evangelically Minded Churches, ed. D.H. Williams (forthcoming).

2014    "Icon as Theology: The Byzantine ‘Virgin of Predestination.’” In ReVisioning: Critical Methods of Seeing Christianity in the History of Art, edited by James Romaine and Linda Stratford. Eugene: Cascade Books (forthcoming)

2012    “The Brancacci Chapel and Academia’s ‘Religious Turn.’” In Art as Spiritual Perception: Essays in Honor of E. John Walford, edited by James Romaine, 90-107. Wheaton: Crossway.

“Kindred Spirits Revisited: T.S. Eliot & Bruce Herman.” In Qu4rtets. New York: Fujimura Institute.

2011    “Man or Metaphor?  Manuel Panselinos and the Protaton Frescoes.” In Approaches to Byzantine Architecture and Its Decoration: Studies in Honor of Slobodan Ćurčić, edited by Mark J. Johnson, Robert Ousterhout, and Amy Papalexandrou. Farnham, Surrey, Burlington, VT: Ashgate.

Reviewed Articles 
2014  “The Sexuality of Christ in Byzantine Art and in Hypermodern Oblivion,” The Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion, Religion and Culture web forum, The University of Chicago Divinity School.

"Blessed Virgin Mary" entry in new edition of Evangelical Dictionary of Theology (forthcoming).

2013     “Visual Arts in Education.” In Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception, edited by Ed. by Dale C. Allison, Jr., Volker Leppin, Choon-Leong Seow, Hermann Spieckermann, Hermann, Barry Dov Walfish, Eric Ziolkowski, online edition. Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter.

2009    “Primus inter Pares: Albert M. Friend and the Argument of the Princeton University Chapel” Princeton University Library Chronicle Volume LXX, Number 3 (Spring 2009): 471-517.

2006   “Iconoclastic Immunity: Possibilities for Reformed/Orthodox Convergence in Theological Aesthetics based on the Contributions of Theodore of Studios.”  Theology Today (January 2006).

Additional Publications 
2014 "Not So Secular Sweden," First Things (June 2014).

"Living Offering," First Things (February 2014).

2013  "Our Lady of Wheaton," First Things (October 2013).

“Image.” Symposium essay in “The Word-Soaked World: Troubling the Lexicon of Art and Faith,” Image 75 (Winter 2013).

2012   “Medieval Wisdom and the University.” The City, Volume V, Issue 2 (Fall 2012): 66-73.

Anchors Aweigh: The Neglected Art of Theological Interpretation.” Comment (Fall 2012): 82-91.

A Curse Reversed: Towards a Visual Ecumenism," Seen Journal XII.2 (Fall 2012): 20-23.

2010   “Raphael Among the People” L’Osservatore Romano, November 2010.

A Tale of Two Art Worlds,” The City, (Fall 2010): 5-17

"The Desert Fathers: Finding a Greek Orthodox monastery against a stark Arizona backdrop," First Things, August/September, 2010.

 “Princeton History and Architecture as Icon,” Princeton University Museum Magazine, Spring 2010.

2009   “A Tiny Pietà,” First Things, October 2009.

2008   “When the Eagles Don't Fit in Capistrano” Feature Article in Dappled Things, Volume 3, Issue 2 (Easter 2008): 51- 63.

2007   “The Art of Transgression” First Things, December 2007. (correspondence)

A Vacation for Grünewald: On Karl Barth’s Vexed Relationship with Visual Art.”  Princeton Theological Review, Spring 2007. 

Other Web-Based Publications
2014 "Protestantism in the Desert," First Things Web Column, October 2014

"The Enchantment of Lightning," at Syndicate Theology, September 10, 2014.

"Nameless Beauty," Public Discourse, February 21, 2014

"Arthistorgate,", February 20, 2014.

2012   “How the Neo-Pagans Saved Advent,” The Huffington Post, December 13, 2012.

2011   “Tourists and Pilgrims at Sinai.”, October 28, 2011.

"The Return of the Religious in Contemporary Art," The Huffington Post, Jan. 6, 2011.

2009   “Cold-Blooded Christianity.”, February 13, 2009.

2008   “Those Whitewashed Walls.”, July 21, 2008.

Crazy for God.”, March 3, 2008.   

2007  “Saving Veronica.”, October 3, 2007.

Sex and Mysticism.”, September 19, 2007.

Book Reviews
2014 "A Secular Age 2.0" Review of Thomas Pfau's Minding the Modern in Books & Culture (September/October 2014). 

2014  Review of Bissera Pentcheva's The Sensual Icon and John Haldon & Leslie Brubaker's Iconoclasm: A History in Logos: A Journal of Eastern Christian Studies (forthcoming).  

2013  “Ghost of Princeton Past.” Review of Inner Sanctum, Princeton: America's Campus, & Princeton and the Gothic Revival: 1870-1930. Books & Culture (October 2013).

Review of Cecelia González-Andrieu's A Bridge to Wonder: Art as a Gospel of Beauty, Christian Scholar’s Review (2013 Volume XLII Number 3).

Lenten Reading: A Review of Ephraim Radner's A Brutal Unity.” Books & Culture, March/April, 2013.

2012    “Converting the Canvas.” Review of Timothy Gorringe's Earthly Visions, First Things, February 2012.

2011   “Evangelical ‘Ressourcement.’” Review of Hans Boersma's Heavenly Participation, Books & Culture, Nov./Dec. 2011.

Knowing the Beautiful.” Review of John G. Trapani Jr.'s Poetry, Beauty and Contemplation: The Complete Aesthetics of Jacques Maritain, First Things, May 2011.

2010    “The Neglected Fireplace: Protestantism and the Arts.” Review of For the Beauty of the Church: Casting a Vision for the Arts, edited by O. David Taylor,, June 17, 2010.

2009    “Iconic Vision” Review of Wendy Beckett's Iconic Vision: In Quest of Ancient Icons of Mary, First Things, November 2009.

Postmodern Pythagoras.” Review of Stratford Caldecott's Beauty for Truth’s Sake: On the Re-Enchantment of Education, Public Discourse, November 10, 2009.

Building for Humans.” Review of From a Cause to a Style by Nathan Glazer and Till We Have Built Jerusalem, by Philip Bess, The Christian Century, March 2009.

2008  “Painting and Saint Paul.” Review of Dan Siedell's God in the Gallery: A Christian Embrace of Modern Art,, October 16, 2008.

Apophatic Beauty.” Review of Alexander Nehamas's Only a Promise of Happiness: The Place of Beauty in a World of Art,, September 10, 2008.

Review of James Cuno's Who Owns Antiquity? Museums and the Battle over Our Ancient Heritage, by James Cuno, First Things, August/September 2008.

Exhibition Reviews
2014  "The Five Stages of Grieving the Art of Jeff Koons," October 2014.

2013   "'Dark Dove with Flickering Tongue' Seeing T.S. Eliot again, anew," with Brett Foster at, August 2013.

2012    “Seven Years in Chelsea: From Barricades to Beauty in New York’s Gallery Scene," Image 74, (Fall 2012).

 “Occupy the Optocracy!  The Whitney Biennial & the Christian icon and Modernism,”, May 2012.

2011    “Francisco Vezolli’s Sacriligio and the Supermodel of Sorrows.” The Huffington Post, March 8, 2011.

2010    “Ambiguity at the American Acropolis.” Review of Enrique Martínez Celaya’s The Crossing at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Public Discourse, November 11, 2010.

Exhibition Notes: Review of The Origins of El Greco show at the Manhattan Onassis Center.” The New Criterion 48, January 2010.

2009   “Gore Walk: Night at the Museum.” The City, Volume II, Issue 2 (Summer 2009): 99-103.

2007  “God in the Gallery.” Review of The Spiritual Art of Salvador Dalí at William Bennett Gallery,, December 12, 2007.

2014   "Towards a Visual Ecumenism," Duke University, November 13th.

"Byzantine Evangelicalism: Seeing Icons with Protestant Eyes," Biola University, April 9th.

Theology and Art lectures, Apologia organization, Sweden, March 13-15th.

2013    Inaugural Walter Hansen lecture at Gordon College: “Visual Heresy: Imaging the Father in the History of Art,” October 28th

2013    “Bruce Herman & T.S. Eliot,” Gordon College, Wenham, Massachusetts, April 13.

“Ascending Montmartre: The Print Collection at Judson University,” Judson University, February 15.

“The Sexuality of Christ in Byzantine Art and in Hypermodern Oblivion,” University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, February 5.

2012    “The Art of Advent,” The Center for Early Christian Studies, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois November 27.

“Towards a Theological Interpretation of Byzantine Art,: Late Antiquity and Byzantium Seminar, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, February 7.

2009  “Ruskin’s Rift:  The Space Between Theology and Art History,” Gathering at the Threshold: A Celebratory Symposium, Research Group on Manuscript Evidence, Princeton, New Jersey, November 21.

2006    “Icon or Art,” Gallery Talk, Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, New Jersey, October 8.


Panels Organized
2014    Envisioning the Eucharist: Transcending the Literal in Medieval and Byzantine Art, Association of the Scholars of Christianity in the History of Art Symposium at the Art Institute of Chicago, February 11.

2012    Art as Spiritual Perception: A Conference in Honor of E. John Walford, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois, October 4-5.

Papers Presented
2013    “Converting Veronese in Colonial Corfu,” Modern Greek Studies Association, Bloomington, IN, November 15th, 2013.

2012  “The Sexuality of Christ in Byzantine Art and in Hypermodern Oblivion,” Feminist Art History Conference at American University, Washington, District of Columbia, November 10.

“A Curse Reversed: Towards a Visual Ecumenism,” Art as Spiritual Perception: Conference in Honor of E. John Walford, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois, October 5-6.

2011    “Mary as Priest?  Neglected Evidence from Byzantine Art,” International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 12-15.

2010    “The Virgin of the Passion: Beyond the Power Paradigm in Byzantine Art,” Patristic, Medieval & Renaissance Studies Conference, Villanova University, Villanova, Pennsylvania, October 22-24.

2009     “Μελετώντας ένα ζωντανό μνημείο: Συμπεράσματα από το εκπαιδευτικό πρόγραμμα στο Μενοίκειο όρος και στη μονή Προδρόμου,”  (Studying a living monument: Some thoughts from the educational program at Mt. Menoikeion and Prodromos Monastery), with Nikolas Bakirtzis, Post Byzantine Monasticism Conference, University of Crete, Rethymnon, Greece, December 17-19. 

“The Sacred Grip: Landscape, Art and Architecture in Mount Menoikeion (19th-20th Centuries),” with Kostis Kourelis, Medieval Archaeology Group of the Modern Greek Studies Association Annual Symposium, Vancouver, Canada, October 15-17.

2006    “Theodore of Studios and the Transformation of the Holy Man,” Byzantine Studies Conference of North America, Saint Louis, Missouri, November 10-12.

2014 Mundelein Seminary, discussion of George Weigel's Evangelical Catholicism, May 7.

2014  Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study, Discussion of Thomas Pfau's Minding the Modern, April 11.

2013    Architectural tour and analysis of the Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park, with Ian Hoffman & panel respondent for keynote address, JUSTart, Christians in the Visual Arts conference, Wheaton, Illinois, June 13-16. 

2011   “Icon & Narrative: George Tooker in Medieval Perspective,” George Tooker Symposium, North Park University, Chicago, Illinois, September 24.

2010   “Power and the Virgin Mary in Byzantium,” Princeton Research Symposium, Princeton, New Jersey, November 20.


Assistant Professor, Wheaton College
Courses taught:
Art Survey 

History of Art & Architecture I
History of Art & Architecture II

Medieval & Byzantine Art

Non-Western Art; 
Renaissance Art
Image and Ideas of the Virgin Mary (Cross-listed with Art and Theology Departments)

Senior Seminar in Art History
Graduate independent studies

Assistant in Instruction, Princeton University
Introduction to the History of Art: Ancient to Medieval, Fall 2006; Medieval Art in Europe, Spring 2007

Preceptor, Princeton Theological Seminary: Speech Communication for Ministry, 2003-2005


Junior Research Residential Fellow, The Cyprus Institute, Nicosia Cyprus, 2009-2010. Residency and research in Cyprus as a part of the Tracing Identity in the Eastern Mediterranean project, which examines cultural identity and the role of the visual arts in the medieval Mediterranean.

Curatorial Assistant, “Hidden, Discovered, and Still Overlooked: A Selection of Icons from Mount Sinai Exhibition,” Department of Art & Archaeology, Princeton University, October 2008. Theme design and selection of previously unexhibited icons from Kurt Weitzmann’s 1950s expedition to St. Catherine’s Monastery, Egypt.

Peer Reviewer for Modern Theology
Consultant for University of Virginia’s Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture Thriving Cities Project
Reader for The Historical Society’s Religion and Innovation Grant Program

Chair Exhibitions Guidelines Committee, Wheaton College
Faculty representative for Williston Society and Society of St. John Paul II 
Inaugurated Teaching art history in prison lecturing program at Albert C. Wagner Youth Correctional Facility (Bordentown, NJ)

Program Coordinator, Princeton University Program in Hellenic Studies Mount Menoikeion Monastery Seminar, Serres, Greece, 2008-2010: Development and organization of student and faculty excursions to Phillipi, Kavala, Kastoria and Mt. Athos, instruction of graduate and undergraduate students, and coordination of website content

Editor, Princeton University Program in Hellenic Studies, 2008-2009. Abstracts preparation and editing of academic presentations and publications for visiting fellows.


Modern Greek: reading proficiency
Koine Greek: reading proficiency
Classical Hebrew: reading proficiency
French: reading proficiency
German: reading proficiency