Mark Clark, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Church History; Historical and Systematic Theology
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.
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).
Before coming to CUA, Dr. Clark taught for six years at Thomas Aquinas College, a Great Books college in Santa Paula, CA, and for five years at Christendom College, where he taught Greek and Latin. Beginning in 2005, he has published a series of articles on Peter Lombard, Peter Comestor, and Stephen Langton, redrawing the theological map of the second half of the twelfth century and moving the starting point of the University of Paris back by several decades. He has numerous articles forthcoming, in which he continues to present ground-breaking research into the authorship and use of the biblical Glossa ordinaria in the mid-twelfth century. He also has a contract with PIMS Press (Medieval Law and Theology Series) to publish five to six books over the next ten years: a monograph (“The Making of the Historia scholastica: 1150-1200”) followed by an edition and translation of the Langton or University Edition of Comestor’s Historia scholastica (in multiple volumes) and also by a final volume containing a critical edition of all three redactions of Langton’s own course on the Historia scholastica. Dr. Clark has also begun to edit Book II of the Summa theologiae of Praepositinus, with a view towards producing a critical edition of the entire work with Professor Stephen Brown of Boston College.