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.

Valentina Ciciliot
Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow
404 Geddes Hall

Valentina Ciciliot joins the Cushwa Center from the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy, as the recipient of a 2015 Marie Curie Fellowship from the European Commission. She specializes in the history of contemporary Christianity and holds her Ph.D. from the University of Reading, United Kingdom.

Her current project examines the origins of the Catholic charismatic movement in North America and Europe as well as the movement’s global reach and contexts. Ciciliot is pursuing this research over the course of a two-year visit to Notre Dame (2016–2018), beginning with materials at the Notre Dame Archives.

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.