Dr. Nathaniel Peters

Dr. Nathaniel Peters, Senior Fellow of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, is the Executive Director of the Morningside Institute and a lecturer at Columbia University. He received his B.A. from Swarthmore College in linguistics, with a focus on French and Latin, his M.T.S. from the University of Notre Dame, and his Ph.D. in the history of Christian thought and Christian ethics from Boston College. At Boston College, he taught courses in the department of theology and lectured in the Perspectives Program, BC’s great books program. He is currently working on an English translation of letters of William of Saint-Thierry and has published articles and reviews in Religious Studies ReviewAmerica, Commonweal, First Things, and Plough Quarterly.  A native of Edgartown, MA, he lives in Harlem with his wife.


Curriculum Vitae



2017–present Executive Director of the Morningside Institute.

2017–present Lecturer in the Center for Biomedical Ethics at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.



Ph.D. Boston College, Department of Theology, 2017

M.T.S. University of Notre Dame, Department of Theology, 2011

B.A. Swarthmore College, Departments of Linguistics and Classics, 2007



In press “The Eucharistic Theology of William of Saint-Thierry” in The Brill Companion to William of Saint-Thierry, edited by F. Tyler Sergent (forthcoming).

2016 Review of A.M. Juster (trans.), Saint Aldhelm’s Riddles, in Religious Studies Review 43.1 (2017): 64.

2016 Review of F. Tyler Sergent (ed.), Unity of Spirit: Studies on William of Saint-Thierry in Honor of E. Rozanne Elder, in Religious Studies Review 42.4 (2016): 299.

2016 Review of Trinita Kennedy, Sanctity Pictured: The Art of the Dominican and Franciscan Orders in Renaissance Italy, in Religious Studies Review 42.2 (2016): 119.

2016 Review of Sara Ritchey, Holy Matter: Changing Perceptions of the Material World in Late Medieval Christianity, in Religious Studies Review 42.2 (2016): 117.

2015 Review of Edward Feser, Scholastic Metaphysics: A Contemporary Introduction, in Religious Studies Review 41.2 (2015): 85.

2014 Review of Garry Wills, Font of Life: Ambrose, Augustine, and the Mystery of Baptism, in Antiphon 18.2 (2014): 209-212.

2013 Review of Gabriel Bunge, Despondency: The Spiritual Teaching of Evagrius Ponticus on Acedia, in Religious Studies Review 39.2 (2013): 116.



2016 Boston College Sixth-year Fellowship

2012, 2015, 2016 Fortin Fellowship

2012, 2015 Richard M. Weaver Fellowship

2012, 2013 H.B. Earhart Fellowship



Panels Organized

2016 The Eucharist in the Middle Ages at the Patristic, Medieval, & Renaissance Conference at the University of Villanova, October 14–16, 2016.

Papers Presented

2018 “Beauty and the Cross” keynote address at the Edith Stein Conference at the University of Notre Dame, February 17, 2018.

2017 “The Trinitarian Dimensions of Cistercian Eucharistic Theology” at the annual meeting of the Academy of Catholic Theology in Washington, DC, May 23, 2017.

2017 “The Trinitarian Dimensions of Cistercian Eucharistic Theology” at the Cistercian and Monastic Studies Conference at Western Michigan University, May 11–14, 2017.

2017 “The Eucharist as the Sacrament of the Common Good” at “The Common Good as a Common Project” at the University of Notre Dame, March 26–28, 2017.

2016 “The Trinitarian Dimensions of Cistercian Eucharistic Theology” at the Patristic, Medieval, & Renaissance Conference at the University of Villanova, October 14–16, 2016.

2015 “William of St. Thierry’s Exegesis of the Kiss as the Nexus of His Trinitarian, Christological, and Eucharistic Theology” at The Patristic, Medieval, & Renaissance Studies Conference at the University of Villanova, October 17, 2015.

2015 “Vision, Memory, and the Eucharist’s Reformation of the Mind” at “Seeing with The Eyes of the Heart (Eph 1:18)”: Cultivating a Sacramental Imagination in an Age of Pornography, at St. Mary’s College, March 26, 2015.

2012 “The Role of the Body in Beatitude: Thomas Aquinas, Germain Grisez, and Man’s Ultimate End” at The Second Annual Philosophy Workshop: Thomas Aquinas & the Mind/Body Problem, at Mount Saint Mary College, June 22, 2012.

Panels Moderated

2016 Scholastic Theology: Christ, Sacrament, and the Divine Life, at the Patristic, Medieval, & Renaissance Conference at the University of Villanova, October 14–16, 2016.



 2016 “A Crash Course in Medieval Theology” at Marquette University.

2010 “Wounded by the Arrow of Beauty: The Theological Aesthetics of Pope Benedict XVI” at the University of Notre Dame.



Boston College

Completed Boston College’s Apprenticeship in College Teaching certificate program for students committed to excellence in teaching (2016).

Teaching fellow (instructor of record) for the undergraduate course Introduction to Christian Theology (2015–2016).

Teaching assistant for Boyd Coolman’s (2013–2014) and Frederick Lawrence’s introductory theology courses (2013–2015).

Teaching assistant and seminar discussion leader for Lawrence’s Perspectives III course on the rise of the social sciences (2013–2015).

Teaching assistant for Boston College’s three-week-long undergraduate course in Rome (2013).

University of Notre Dame

Teaching assistant for “20th Century American Catholicism,” an undergraduate course taught by R. Scott Appleby, Director of the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. (2010)



2014 Edited and compiled the index for Robert Imbelli’s Rekindling the Christic Imagination: Theological Meditations for the New Evangelization (Liturgical Press,).

2012 Edited and compiled the index for Robert Louis Wilken’s The First Thousand Years: A Global History of Christianity (Yale University Press).

2012 Editorial reader for Brad Gregory’s The Unintended Reformation: How a Religious Revolution Secularized Society (Harvard University Press).

2009–2011 Research assistant to R. Scott Appleby, Jr. Researched, edited, and helped prepare articles and lectures.

2009 Assisted Richard John Neuhaus with the publication of American Babylon: Notes of a Christian Exile (Basic Books)

2009 Editorial reader for Robert Sullivan’s Macaulay: The Tragedy of Power (Harvard University Press).



Assisted with the organization of the Boston Colloquy in Historical Theology (2012–2016).

Organized historical theology colloquia at Boston College (2015–2016).



2016–present Served as board member of The Pilgrim Project.

2014–2016 Served as an academic mentor to a prisoner at MCI Norfolk as part of the Partakers College Behind Bars program.



“Thus Saith the Lord,” First Things, November 2017.

“The composer of silence,” Catholic Herald, October 5, 2017.

“Saving Silence,” Plough Quarterly, Summer 2017.

“Can Society Be Christian?” Plough Quarterly, Winter 2017.

“Healer, Pilgrim, Holy Fool,” Commonweal, July 26, 2016.

“Does Faith Breed Violence?,” Plough Quarterly, Spring 2016.

“Winter Songs,” First Things, January 2016.

“Francis and the Bishops,” First Things, October 1, 2015 online.

“A Poetry of Conflict,” America, September 21, 2015.

“Bread of Sorrow,” America, February 10, 2014.

“The Common Doctor for Common People,” America, October 11, 2013 online.

“Sermons Anglican and Catholic, Parochial and Plain,” First Things, October 9, 2013 online.

“Francis in Dialogue with the World,” First Things, October 2, 2013 online.

“Prophet Pope,” First Things, September 20, 2013 online.

“Where’s the Sin?” First Things, July 23, 2013 online.

“Reason, Revelation, and Laïcité Positive,” Library of Liberty and Law, March 6, 2013.

“Name It & Claim It,” Commonweal, January 25, 2013.

“The Virtues of the Speakeasy,” First Things, March 30, 2012 online.

“The Catholic Case for Protestant Hymns,” First Things, March 16, 2012 online.

“Should Christians Be Wary of Conscience Talk?” First Things, March 2, 2012 online.

“Martin Sheen Goes to Compostela,” First Things, October 11, 2011 online.

“Nothing to Be Done,” First Things, May 19, 2009 online.

“Not the Same Man,” Books & Culture, January 12, 2009 online.

“The Tragic Flaw of An Oresteia,” First Things, April 3, 2009 online.

“Raids on the Ineffable,” Books & Culture, June 23, 2008 online.

“The Music of the Spheres,” First Things, May 2008.

Numerous short book reviews in First Things, 2008–2017.



2015 Lumen Christi Institute graduate seminar on the development of Catholic Social Thought from Leo XIII through Francis at UC Berkeley, led by Russell Hittinger.

2013 Lumen Christi Institute graduate seminar on the thought of John Henry Newman at Oriel College, Oxford, led by Ian Ker.



French (oral and literary fluency)

Latin (literary fluency)

Koine and Attic Greek (literary proficiency)

German (literary proficiency)