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The Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism brings together scholars from history, theology, women’€™s studies, sociology, religious studies, American studies, and English to interpret the American Catholic experience.


The Spring 2016 American Catholic Studies Newsletter is now available. Learn more >>

Center News

Grant Recipient Foregrounds Catholic Woman's History as a "Transnational" Activist

Stephen Andes, an assistant professor of history at Louisiana State University and author of The Vatican and Catholic Activism in Mexico and Chile: The Politics of Transnational Catholicism, 1920–1940, received a Cushwa Center research travel grant to utilize Notre Dame’s University Archives in early October 2016. He supplemented his previous international research with unique insights into Mexican Catholic Action and U.S. perspectives to advance his work on a project titled “Catholic Vagabond: The Transnational Life and Times of Sofia del Valle.” His visit to Notre Dame enriched his biography of Sofia del Valle, whose life illuminates the early phases of Latin American Catholic women’s activism. Andes explores in her story various aspects of gender, race, lay Catholicism, Church history, and broader historical trends from a transnational perspective.…

Notre Dame Gains Scholarly Resources for Black Catholic History Month and Beyond

African American Catholics are the focus of Black Catholic History Month, celebrated every November. This year’s focus has been extended and energized at Notre Dame as the University prepares major new resources for ongoing studies of religious experiences and social contexts highlighted during this month.…

Call for Papers: North Atlantic Catholic Communities in Rome, 1622-1939

The Cushwa Center invites interested scholars to submit proposals for papers dealing with any aspect of the presence in the Eternal City of individuals as well as communities originating from present-day England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, English- and French-speaking Canada, and the United States.

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A Symposium Honoring Thomas Kselman


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Colleagues, friends, and former doctoral students gather to celebrate the career of Thomas Kselman, professor of History at the University of Notre Dame.

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