Center Staff


Kathleen Cummings Small

Kathleen Sprows Cummings
William W. and Anna Jean Cushwa Director
403 Geddes Hall
(574) 631-8749
kcumming@nd.edu

Kathleen Sprows Cummings is the William W. and Anna Jean Cushwa Director of the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism at the University of Notre Dame. She is also an associate professor of American studies and history at Notre Dame and a senior fellow in Gender Studies. Her teaching and research interests center on the history of Catholicism in the United States, the study of American women, and the relationship between religion and American society.

Her first book, New Women of the Old Faith: Gender and American Catholicism in the Progressive Era, was published in 2009 by the University of North Carolina Press. Her current book project, Citizen Saints: Catholics and Canonization in America, will be published by the University of North Carolina Press. Read her full biography.
 


Shane Ulbrich
Assistant Director
402 Geddes Hall
(574) 631-3559
sulbrich@nd.edu

Shane Ulbrich joined the Cushwa Center in 2014. He oversees communications and operations and supports special initiatives and strategic planning at the center. 

Ulbrich holds a master of theological studies degree in systematic theology from the University of Notre Dame and a master's degree in philosophy from Boston College, where he also earned his bachelor's in philosophy and theology.
 


Peter Hlabse
Administrative Coordinator
407 Geddes Hall
(574) 631-5441
phlabse@nd.edu

Pete Hlabse joined the Cushwa Center in 2015. He provides administrative support to the center through the coordination of center-sponsored events and research grants.  

Hlabse holds a master’s degree in higher education from Boston College and a bachelor’s degree in theology from Notre Dame. Prior to joining the Cushwa Center, he worked in the Office of Mission Engagement and Church Affairs at Notre Dame.