Peter Cajka
Postdoctoral Research Associate
401 Geddes Hall

Peter Cajka studies 20th-century U.S. intellectual and cultural history with an emphasis on Catholicism. His dissertation is titled “The Rights of Conscience: The Rise of Tradition in America’s Age of Fracture, 1940–1990.” He has published articles in Ohio History and American Catholic Studies, and is a regular contributor to the blog Religion in American History.

Cajka earned his Ph.D. in history from Boston College in 2017. He holds his bachelor of arts in history from the University of Dayton and a master’s degree in history from Marquette University.

Luca Codignola
Senior Fellow
Rome Global Gateway (Rome, Italy)

Luca Codignola joined the Cushwa Center in 2016. A historian of the early modern era, Codignola 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’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).

Maggie Elmore
Postdoctoral Research Associate
405 Geddes Hall

Maggie Elmore specializes in the history of Catholicism, immigration and migration, borderlands, civil rights, and Latina/o studies, with a focus on the experiences of 20th century Mexicans and Mexican Americans and their Catholic advocates. Her current book project, Claiming the Cross: How Mexican Americans, Mexican Immigrants, and the Catholic Church Worked to Create a More Inclusive United States, explores how shifting church-state relations shaped the immigration and social welfare policies that have most directly impacted people of Mexican descent since the 1920s.

Elmore earned her Ph.D. in history in 2017 from the University of California, Berkeley, where she spent the 2017–2018 academic year as a visiting lecturer and a fellow with the Center for Latino Policy Research. She holds a bachelor of arts and a master’s degree, both in history, from Texas Tech University. She has received numerous fellowships and awards, including a Bancroft Study Award and research funding from the American Catholic Historical Association.

Rose Luminiello
Research Associate
Research Institute of Irish and Scottish Studies, University of Aberdeen
Cushwa Center, University of Notre Dame

The Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism is cosponsoring a postdoctoral research fellowship​ during the 2019–2020 academic year​​​ at the University of Aberdeen’s Research Institute for Irish and Scottish Studies​ ​(RIISS). Rose Luminiello will conduct research in Scotland, Italy, and Ireland for the project, “Irish Religious Women in the Anglophone World, 1840–1950.”

Luminiello holds a Ph​.​D​.​ History from the University of Aberdeen and an M​.​Sc​.​ in Modern British and Irish History from the University of Edinburgh. Her dissertation, “Confronting Modernity: Leo XIII, Rerum Novarum, and the Catholic Church in Ireland and Prussian Poland 1878-1914,” examines how Pope Leo XIII’s neo-Thomistic restoration of natural law reasoning in his 1891 encyclical Rerum Novarum was influenced by his experiences in Ireland and Prussia during the 1880s. It then examines these influences within the content of Rerum Novarum itself. The final chapter demonstrates how the wide distribution of the encyclical enabled its use outside of its intended scope by lower class Catholics in Ulster and Poznania to justify economic and political protest and resistance.