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John Matzko

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Division of History, Government and Social Science
College of Arts and Science



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


  • Historical Research & Writing (Hi 440)


John Matzko began teaching at BJU in 1971, he has served as the campus prelaw advisor since 1978, and he was chair of the Division of Social Science--now the Division of History, Government, and Social Science--from 1998 until 2018. 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 has taught courses on ancient Rome, historiography, American legal history, and historical research and writing.

Matzko 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).

Matzko is a member of the Organization of American Historians, the American Society for Legal History, and the Greenville County Historical Society, where he serves on the publications committee.  He has written a number of scholarly articles, book reviews, and entries in historical encyclopedias, as well as Reconstructing Fort Union (University of Nebraska Press, 2001) and Best Men of the Bar: The Early History of the American Bar Association, 1878-1928 (Talbot Publishing, 2019). He is currently revising a draft of the first scholarly biography of Bob Jones, Sr. (1883-1968), the founder of BJU.

During the Vietnam era, Matzko was drafted into the U.S. Army and served as a member of the Army Honor Guard at Ft. Myer (Arlington National Cemetery), Virginia. He is a deacon at Faith Free Presbyterian Church, and he continues to enjoy singing and playing the viola in church and campus groups. He and his late wife have one son and three grandchildren.