Kathleen Cummings

Kathleen Sprows Cummings
William W. and Anna Jean Cushwa Director
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 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 most recent book, A Saint of Our Own: How the Quest for a Holy Hero Helped Catholics Become American, was published by the University of North Carolina Press in April 2019. Read her full biography.

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

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.

MaDonna Noak
Administrative Coordinator
407 Geddes Hall
(574) 631-5441

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.