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John Matzko

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Division Chair, Division of Social Science
College of Arts and Science



  • PhD, History, University of Virginia
  • MA, History, University of Cincinnati Main Campus
  • BA, History, Bob Jones University


About John

John Matzko is Chair, Division of Social Science, and has served as BJU prelaw advisor since 1978.  A native of New Jersey, Matzko earned a BA in history from Bob Jones University (1968), an MA from the University of Cincinnati (1972), and a PhD from the University of Virginia (1984).  He teaches courses in ancient Rome, historiography, American legal history, and historical research and writing, as well as teaching discussion sections in the freshman History of Civilization program.

Matzko has participated in NEH Summer Institutes and Seminars on historical archaeology (1988), the early Roman Empire (1991), and early Mormonism (2005); and he has also worked in various capacities at four historic sites: Ash Lawn: the Home of James Monroe (Charlottesville, VA), Arlington House: the Robert E. Lee Memorial (Arlington, VA), Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site (ND-MT), and Homestead National Monument of America (Beatrice, NE). He has conducted approximately 125 oral history interviews for BJU and the National Park Service.

Matzko is a member of the Organization of American Historians, The Historical Society, the American Society for Legal History, and the Greenville County Historical Society.  He served as an abstractor for ABC-Clio (1985-2009), and he has scored AP-European History exams since 1995. Matzko has published a number of scholarly articles, book reviews, and entries in historical encyclopedias, as well as Reconstructing Fort Union (University of Nebraska Press, 2001). He is currently writing the first scholarly biography of Bob Jones, Sr., the founder of BJU.

Matzko has for many years enjoyed singing and playing the violin, viola, and recorder in campus, church, and community groups. He is a deacon at Faith Free Presbyterian Church.  He and his late wife have one son and three grandchildren.