Dr. Robert Alvis

  • Department History
  • Title Academic Dean and Professor of Church History


  • PhD (University of Chicago, 2000)
  • MA (University of Chicago, 1992)
  • BA (University of Virginia, 1991)


Dr. Robert E. Alvis has taught at Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology since 2004. His recent courses include Medieval Church History, Modern Church History, and History and Culture of the Church in the Americas.

His first book is Religion and the Rise of Nationalism: A Profile of an East-Central European City (Syracuse University Press 2005). His latest book is White Eagle, Black Madonna: One Thousand Years of the Polish Catholic Tradition (Fordham University Press, 2016).

He is co-editor of Prisms of Faith: Perspectives on Religious Education and the Cultivation of Catholic Identity (Pickwick Publications, 2015). He is editor of A Science of the Saints: Studies in Spiritual Direction (Liturgical Press, 2020). He has published numerous articles, essays, and reviews in prominent scholarly journals, including Church HistoryAmerican Historical ReviewJournal of ReligionGerman Studies Review, and Catholic Historical Review.

His current research focuses on St. Faustina Kowalska and the Divine Mercy devotion.

Email: ralvis@saintmeinrad.edu