Kathleen Sprows Cummings
William W. and Anna Jean Cushwa Director
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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.
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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.
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MaDonna Noak joined the Cushwa Center in 2017 and coordinates event planning, grant administration, the hosting of fellows and guests to campus, and the daily operations of the center.
Prior to coming to Notre Dame and the Cushwa Center, Noak worked at Saint Mary's College in the Department of Biology.