Cushwa Center announces grant recipients for 2016

Author: Heather Gary

The Cushwa Center is pleased to announce the recipients of the Center's annual grants.

Research Travel Grants

These grants assist scholars who wish to use the University of Notre Dame’s archival collection in Catholic Americana at the Hesburgh Libraries. The following scholars received 2016 Research Travel Grants:


Stephen Andes

Louisiana State University

“Catholic Vagabond: The Transnational Life and Times of Sofia del Valle”



Julie Chamberlain

George Washington University

“Cultivating Compassion in a Global Age: Religious Icons, U.S. Politics, and the American Moral Imagination, 1970–present”


Mikael Dumont

Université de Montréal

“The Social Role of Celebration in the French Rural Communities of North America, 18th–19th Centuries”


Alexandria Griffin

Arizona State University

“Gender, Race, and Celibacy in 19th-Century American Religion”



Stephen Koeth, C.S.C.

Columbia University

“American Catholicism, Suburbanization, and Postwar Political Realignment”



Stephanie Makin

University of Pittsburgh

“Unexpected Alliance: Catholics, Cold War, Creation of the West, 1945–1960”



Michelle Nickerson

Loyola University Chicago

“The Camden 28: Catholic Left Opposition to the Vietnam War”  



Kenneth Parker

St. Louis University

“Francis Kenrick and 19th-Century Debates on Papal Authority”



Benjamin Peters

University of Saint Joseph

“From Camp Simon to the Challenge of Peace: The Life and Work of Gordon Zahn”



Jason Steidl

Fordham University

“Chicano Activism in the Catholic Church in the 1960s and 1970s: PADRES and MACC”



2016 Hibernian Research Awards

Funded by an endowment from the Ancient Order of Hibernians, this annual award provides travel funds to support the scholarly study of the Irish in America. The following scholars received awards for 2016:


Muiris MacGiollabhui

University of California, Santa Cruz

“Carrying the Green Bough: An Atlantic History of United Irishmen, 1795-1830”



Patrick McGrath

Rutgers University

“Catholics Incorporated; Labor, Capital, and Class Power in Catholic America, 1863-1919”



Deirdre Ní Chonghaile

Independent Scholar

“Rev. Daniel J. Murphy and Sean-Nos Song in Pennsylvania, 1884-1935”


The Peter R. D’Agostino Research Travel Grant

Presented in conjunction with Italian Studies at Notre Dame, this competitive award of $5,000 supports research in Roman archives for a significant publication project on U.S. Catholic history. It is in honor of the late Peter D’Agostino, author of Rome in America: Transnational Catholic Ideology from the Risorgimento to Fascism (North Carolina, 2004) and a tireless promoter of the need for transatlantic research in American Catholic studies.


John Joseph Shanley

University of Notre Dame

“English People, British State: Political Culture in Maryland, 1688-1763”




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Travel Research Grant information

Hibernian Research Award information

The Peter R. D’Agostino Research Travel Grant