Cushwa Center announces funding for 25 researchers in 2018

Author: Shane Ulbrich

Across four annual grant and award programs, the Cushwa Center for the second consecutive year is providing funding to 25 scholars for a variety of research projects. Funds will support travel to the University of Notre Dame Archives as well as research sites in Baltimore, New Orleans, Dublin, and Rome.


There are still opportunities to receive funding from the center this year: applications are due May 1, 2018, for Cushwa’s newly-launched Mother Theodore Guerin Research Travel Grant Program supporting projects in Catholic women's history.


Theodore M. Hesburgh Research Travel Grants

These grants support research projects that consider the life and work of the late Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame from 1952 to 1987. The following scholars are receiving Hesburgh grants this year:



Stephen Andes (Louisiana State University)

“Hesburgh’s Latin American Vision”





Alberto Guasco (Pontifical Gregorian University)

“The Tantur Ecumenical Institute for Advanced Theological Studies, 1963–1978”





Michael Hahn (Boston College)

“From Autonomy and Communion toward Synodality: Challenges and Opportunities for Catholic Universities”




Peter R. D’Agostino Research Travel Grants

In conjunction with Italian Studies at Notre Dame, the Cushwa Center offers grants to support research in Roman archives for projects on U.S. Catholic history. The following scholars are receiving D’Agostino funds this year:



Emma Anderson (University of Ottawa)

“The Enlightenment Before the Enlightenment: Native Peoples, the Jesuit Relations, and the Indigenization of European Society”





Gabrielle Guillerm (Northwestern University)

“‘The Forgotten French: Catholicism, Colonialism, and Americanness on the Early Trans-Appalachian Frontier”





Anna Vincenzi (University of Notre Dame)

“‘From ‘Mutation in Dominion’ to Wise Revolution: The Changing Image of the American Revolution in Roman Catholic culture, 1789–1799”




Research Travel Grants

Grants to help defray travel and lodging costs are made to scholars of any academic discipline who are engaged in projects that require use of the Catholic Americana collection in the library and archives at the University of Notre Dame. The following scholars received grants for 2018:



Issac Akande (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign)

“‘On a Mission: Catholic Missionary Education among the Potawatomi of Kansas 1840–1870”





Adrienne Nock Ambrose (University of the Incarnate Word)

“Appealing to the ‘Movie Mind’: American Catholicism in the Age of Spectacle, 1920–1940”





Giulia D’Alessio (Sapienza Università di Roma)

“‘There is no room for Hyphenated Americanism’: U.S. Catholics, War and Citizenship, 1917–1929”





Avram Heisler (York University)

“German-Catholic Identity and Institution Building in the U.S. Midwest and the German Rhineland, 1850–1914”





Theresa Keeley (University of Louisville)

“‘Nuns in the Boardroom: Shareholder Activism and Foreign Relations”





Rachel McBride Lindsey (Saint Louis University)

“Record and Revelation: Religion, Media, and Citizenship in the American Century”





Néstor Medina (Emmanuel College)

“Unmasking the Multiple Faces of Mestizaje”





Antonio Medina-Rivera (Cleveland State University)

“Spanish and the U.S. Catholic Church: History and Development”





Charles Mercier (University of Bordeaux)

“A Connected History of John Paul II’s World Youth Days”





Ryan Murphy (Chestnut Hill College)

“Breaking Through the Glass Cloister: Sisters of Saint Joseph of Philadelphia after Vatican II”





Mary Neville (Michigan State University)

“‘Racism is a God-damned thing’: Racial Oppression and Anti-Racism in U.S. Catholic Spaces”





Anne O’Connor (NUI Galway, Ireland)

“Popular Print, Translation, and Global Catholicism”





Gabriela Perez (Harvard Divinity School)

“Patricio Flores: An Intellectual History of a Chicano Priest”





Michael Pfeifer (John Jay College, CUNY)

“The Making of American Catholic Worlds: Transnational Catholicism, Region, and American Society”





Jason Surmiller (Dallas County Community College)

“European Fascism and the Catholic Church in America: Power and the Priesthood in World War II”





Joshua Wopata (University of Dayton)

“The Life of Dorothy Day: The Sacred in the Secular”




Hibernian Research Awards

Funded by an endowment from the Ancient Order of Hibernians, these annual awards support the scholarly study of the Irish in America. The following scholars have received awards for 2018:



John Bugg (Fordham University)

“Maria Edgeworth and the Peace of Amiens”





Maximilian Longley (Independent researcher)

“Fighting for Faith: Two Estranged Brothers Battle Their Way through the Turbulent 19th Century”





Keri Walsh  (Fordham University)

“A History of Irish Women’s Playwriting”