SAMSUNGI’m a lecturer in History and Foundational Studies at Boise State University.

I graduated from Boise State University in 2000 with a B.A. in History. After a short trip into the business world, I returned to Boise State for a M.A. in History, which I received in 2006. After six years in beautiful Santa Barbara, California, I received a Ph.D. in the Religious Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2012.

My research interests originated in Early Christianity, examining how a tradition grew from an illicit cult to an imperial religion. I have explored a number of early Christian martyrdoms and the effect of martyrdom on contemporary Western culture. I received the Lancaster Dissertation Award in the Humanities and Fine Arts from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2013. My latest research is on the connections between religion and violence in Christianity and religion more broadly.

I have published articles in the Journal of the American Academy of Religion and Critical Research on Religion. I have also contributed to the site Religion Dispatches.

I also like (and partake in/of) weightlifting, bourbon, motorcycles, tattoos, modern westerns, and coffee, in no particular order.

Email me at matthewrecla@boisestate.edu.

You can also connect with me on Facebook or academia.edu.