The Catholic University of America

Mark Clark, Ph.D. 

– Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies
-- Associate Professor of Church History
– Historical & Systematic Theology
– Spirituality 



Mark J. Clark received his Ph.D. in Medieval History from Columbia University in 2002, where he focused on the Bible and Theology during the Early Scholastic Period. As a Fellow at the Boston College Institute for Medieval Philosophy and Theology Dr. Clark spent two years studying medieval philosophy and theology with Professor Stephen Brown, who taught him how to edit manuscripts. Dr. Clark also holds a J.D. from Duke University (1981) and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Florida (1978).

Dr. Clark, who is jointly appointed to the Church History and the Historical and Systematic Theology areas in STRS, works on the formation of the scholastic tradition, biblical as well as theological, from 1150 to 1350. Dr. Clark, in collaboration with Professor James Ginther, Dean of the Department of Theology at St. Michael's College, The University of Toronto, and with Professor Emeritus Joseph Goering, together with Professor Tim Noone, holder of the Kurt Pritz Chair of Philosophy in CUA's Department of Philosophy and his colleague in STRS, Dr. Joshua Benson, has recently been awarded a three-year grant by the SSHRC to edit the lectures of Peter Lombard on Genesis.

 Dr. Clark's University Research Day 2017 presentation can be read here

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Contact Information

Phone: 202-319-6520
Fax: 202-319-5704

Areas of Expertise

  • History of Medieval Theology

  • The Bible and Theology in the High Middle Ages

  • The Origins of the University of Paris

  • The Biblical Glossa Ordinaria in the Schools of Paris

Latest Publications

“Le cours d’Étienne Langton sur l’Histoire scolastique de Pierre le Mangeur: le fruit d’une tradition unifiée”, in Pierre de Troyes, dit Pierre le Mangeur, maître du XIIe siècle, éd. G. Dahan. Bibliothèque d'histoire culturelle du moyen âge. (Turnhout: Brepols, 2013), 243-266.

“Peter Comestor’s Historia Genesis and the Biblical Gloss,” Medioevo (forthcoming 2014).

“Faith as a Virtue in the Gospel lectures of Peter Comestor and Stephen Langton.” Archa Verbi Subsidia, ed. Marco Forlivesi, Riccardo Quinto, Münster, Aschendorff (forthcoming, 2014).

“The Glosae super Iohannem, Peter Comestor’s lectures on the Glossed John, Comestor’s Opening Paraphrase of the Historia scholastica, and Langton’s Course on the History: John’s Prologue Revisited,” ed. Fabrizio Amerini, Münster, Aschendorff (forthcoming, 2014).


TRS 220 Church Through the Ages: Paul to Luther

TRS 251 The Dynamics of Christian Spirituality

TRS 461 Christian Theology I

TRS 621C Church History from the High Middle Ages to the Present

TRS 754J Twelfth-Century Mystical Theology

TRS 762 Victorine Theology

TRS 820 Augustine in the Middle Ages: Augustine and Twelfth-Century Spirituality

TRS 823 Bernard and the New Monasticism

TRS 823G The Evangelical Awakening of the Twelfth Century

TRS 824 The Biblical Gloss as Textbook in Peter Comestor's Lectures on the Glossed Gospel's



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