Cushwa Center names first six recipients of Mother Theodore Guerin Research Travel Grants

Author: Shane Ulbrich

The University of Notre Dame’s Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism is pleased to announce six inaugural recipients of Mother Theodore Guerin Research Travel Grants. Officially launched in January 2018, this grant program supports scholarly projects that feature Catholic women at the center of historical narratives. This year, funds will support travel to research sites and subjects in several cities throughout the Midwestern United States as well as Valence, France; Madrid, Spain; and the Tiwi Islands off the northern coast of Australia.


“I am delighted to announce this first round of Mother Theodore Guerin Research Travel Grants,” said Kathleen Sprows Cummings, director of the Cushwa Center and associate professor of American studies and history. “This program is not only relevant to my own field of research but very close to my heart, and it was wonderful to receive so many stellar proposals this spring.”


“Thanks to a gift from John and Mia Grogan of Philadelphia, we were able to supplement the fund and award twice as many grants as we had originally planned for this year,” Cummings said. “I am very grateful to the Grogans, as I am to Mrs. Anita McMahon for her generosity in establishing the Guerin endowment at the Cushwa Center.”


The following scholars are the first to receive Guerin Grants:



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Katie Gordon

Harvard Divinity School

“The Foundress”







Mary Hatfield

University of Oxford

“‘To the Ends of the Earth’: Irish Loreto Sisters, Education, and the North American Mission”







Margaret McGuinness

LaSalle University

“Katharine Drexel and Her Sisters: A History of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament”







Bronwen McShea

University of Nebraska at Omaha

“The Priestly Duchess: Cardinal Richelieu's Heiress and Her Catholic Empire”






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Laura Rademaker

Australian Catholic University

“Aboriginal Women and Catholicism in North Australia, 1911–1970”






Tiffany Mtgrtg

Tanya Tiffany

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

“The Autobiography of a Seventeenth-Century Spanish Nun and Painter”






This is the third funding program launched at the Cushwa Center since 2011. The center began offering Hesburgh Research Travel Grants in 2015 to support scholars traveling to the Notre Dame Archives to consult source material on the life and work of late Notre Dame president Father Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C. Cushwa’s Peter R. D’Agostino Research Travel Grants, inaugurated in 2011, support the study of U.S. Catholic history using archives in Rome, Italy. The center’s longstanding Research Travel Grant Program and annual Hibernian Research Award have been offered since shortly after the center’s establishment in 1976. Applications are due December 31, 2018, for the next round of funding in each of the center's five programs.



More information:


Research Funding from the Cushwa Center

“New travel grant program launched for Catholic women’s history …” (January 30, 2018)

“Cushwa Center announces funding for 25 researchers in 2018” (February 28, 2018)




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