Cushwa Center Staff

Kathleen Sprows Cummings

Kathleen Sprows Cummings
403 Geddes Hall
(574) 631-8749

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 in 2017 by the University of North Carolina Press. Read her full biography.

Shane Ulbrich
Assistant Director
402 Geddes Hall
(574) 631-3559

Shane Ulbrich joined the Cushwa Center in 2014. He 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

Pete Hlabse provides administrative support to the Cushwa Center through the coordination of Center-sponsored events and research grants.  He 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, Hlabse worked in the Mission Engagement and Church Affairs office at Notre Dame.

Luca Codignola-Bo
Senior Fellow
Rome Global Gateway

Luca Codignola-Bo joined the Cushwa Center in 2016. His primary responsibility is oversight of a project entitled “North Atlantic Catholic Communities in Rome, 1622-1939.”  

A historian of the early modern era, Codignola-Bo is former professor of Early North American History at Università di Genova (Italy), where he served on the faculty for 25 years. His career also includes four years as head of the Institute of History of Mediterranean Europe of Italy's National Research Council and recent affiliations with University of Toronto, Université Laval, and Saint Mary's University (Halifax). The author of 10 books and editor of more than a dozen volumes, Codignola-Bo’s recent publications include Little Do We Know: History and Historians of the North Atlantic, 1492-2010 (2011); and the six-volume Calendar of Documents Relating to North America (Canada and the United States) in the Archives of the Sacred Congregation "de Propaganda Fide" in Rome 1622-1846 (2012).

Catherine R. Osborne
Postdoctoral Fellow
409 Geddes Hall
(574) 631-1143

Catherine R. Osborne joined the Cushwa Center in 2014. In addition to pursuing research into 20th-century American Catholics, she has curated an exhibit of Frederick Franck's drawings from the Second Vatican Council and co-organized several conferences. She also oversees communications for the Conference on the History of Women Religious. 

Her research interests combine religious studies and historical theology. Osborne explores the relationships between official and popular ecclesiologies and the Catholic experience of buildings, cities, and suburbs. She is presently revising her dissertation into a book manuscript titled "American Catholics and the Church of Tomorrow, 1930-1975." 

Osborne earned a Ph.D. in theology from Fordham University and a bachelor's degree in art history from Swarthmore College. She served as visiting assistant professor of religious studies at Franklin & Marshall College before joining the Cushwa Center.

Matteo Binasco
Postdoctoral Fellow
Rome Global Gateway

Matteo Binasco joined the Cushwa Center in 2014. He is based at the Rome Global Gateway, where he is responsible for compiling a guide to the Roman sources related to American Catholicism from 1763 to 1939. 

Binasco obtained his Ph.D. in history at the National University of Ireland in Galway. Previously he was a research fellow at the Institute of Mediterranean History of Italy's Research Council. He is the author of three books and 29 articles and essays.

General Contact Information:

Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism
University of Notre Dame
407 Geddes Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556-5611

Phone: (574) 631-5441
Fax: (574) 631-8471