Cushwa Center announces research funding for 2020

Author: Shane Ulbrich

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In 2020, the Cushwa Center is providing grants and awards to 20 scholars for a variety of research projects. Funds will support travel to the University of Notre Dame Archives as well as to archives in Los Angeles, Boston, New York City, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Jacksonville, Quebec City, London, Paris, Seville, Glasgow, and Rome. Learn more about Cushwa research funding programs at The next application deadline will be December 31, 2020.

Research Travel Grants

Research Travel Grants assist scholars who wish to visit the University Archives and other collections at Notre Dame’s Hesburgh Libraries for research relating to the study of Catholics in America.

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Marta Busani
Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
“Elaboration of a Global Thought (1950s–1960s): The Role of the American Young Christian Students (YCS) in the International Young Christian Students (IYCS) movement”


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Una Cadegan
University of Dayton
“Examining the Parameters of Catholic Intellectual Life”


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Mary Frances Coady
Independent Scholar
“Caryll Houselander”


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Maxwell Pingeon
University of Virginia
“Moral Education and Nationalism in the United States and Canada, 1840–1960”


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David Roach
Baylor University
“Catholic Writers in the Nineteenth-Century American South”


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Spencer York
University of Alabama
“Catholics, Nativism, and Abolition in the Queen City”



Peter R. D’Agostino Research Travel Grants

Offered in conjunction with Italian Studies at Notre Dame and designed to facilitate the study of the American past from an international perspective, these grants support research in Roman archives for a significant publication project on U.S. Catholic history.

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Susanna De Stradis
University of Notre Dame
“Making Democracy Safe for Catholicism: The Vatican and the ‘Nation Under God’ (1945–1965)”


Mother Theodore Guerin Research Travel Grants 

This program supports scholars whose research projects seek to feature Catholic women more prominently in modern history. Grants are made to scholars seeking to visit any repository in or outside the United States, or traveling to conduct oral history interviews, especially of women religious.

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Haley Bowen
University of Michigan
“Laywomen, Convents, and the Patriarchal State during the Early Modern French Empire”


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Erika Doss
University of Notre Dame
“Sister Corita Kent and Andy Warhol”


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Colleen Dulle
Independent Scholar
“Madeleine Delbrêl: A Saint for ‘Ordinary People’”


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Lois Leveen
Independent Scholar
“Mary Bowser Richards Denman, Finding Black Catholic Experience in Nineteenth-Century America”


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Carmen Mangion
Birkbeck, University of London
“‘The Lay Sister Problem’: Social class and power in inter-war and post-war British Catholic convents”


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Katherine Moran
Saint Louis University
“California Magdalens: Catholic Sisters, Female Penitents, and the Carceral State, 1850–1940”


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Michelle Nickerson
Loyola University Chicago
“Catholic Resistance:  How the Camden 28 Put the Vietnam War on Trial”


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Farrell O’Gorman
Belmont Abbey College
“Rose Hawthorne Lathrop on Catholicism and American Identity”


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Carlos Ruiz Martinez
University of Iowa
“‘Somos Hermanas en Solidaridad’: Catholic Women Religious in the U.S. Sanctuary Movement”



Hibernian Research Awards

Funded by an endowment from the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Hibernian Research Awards support the scholarly study of Irish American history. 

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Michael Bailey
Boston College
“Hiberno-Spaniards & Empire: Colonization, Slavery, and Diaspora in the Greater Gulf Coast Borderlands, 1714–1804”


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Hasia Diner
New York University
“How the Irish Taught the Jews to Become American”


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Andrew Sanders
Texas A&M University–San Antonio
“‘The Other Horsemen’: a project to examine the Daniel Patrick Moynihan papers in the Library of Congress and the Hugh Carey papers at St. John’s University”


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. 


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Elodie Giraudier
Harvard University
“U.S. Catholic Support to Chilean Christian Democracy in the 1960s”


This announcement appears in the spring 2020 issue of the American Catholic Studies Newsletter