Cushwa Center announces research funding for 2021

Author: Shane Ulbrich

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In 2021, the Cushwa Center is providing funding to 18 scholars for a variety of research projects. Funds will support research at the University of Notre Dame Archives and at archives in Newark, New York City, Seattle, Dublin, London, and Rome.

Learn more about Cushwa research funding programs at The next application deadline is December 31, 2021.

Research Travel Grants

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

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Carl Creason
Northwestern University
“‘For the bodies and souls of men’: Catholic Women, Works of Mercy, and the Transformation of the Ohio River Valley, 1855–1880”


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Natalie Gasparowicz
Duke University
“Catholic Counterculture: Lived Catholicisms and the Contraceptive Pill, 1960–1992”


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Alice Gorton
Columbia University
“Ethics and Industry: Rerum Novarum and Catholic Social Teaching in the Anglosphere”


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Daniel Gullotta
Stanford University
“Voting Papists: Catholics and Anti-Catholicism in the Making of Jacksonian Democracy”


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Sean Jacobson
Loyola University Chicago
“Hidden in Plain Sight: Challenges of Remembering Antebellum Indian Missions in the Great Lakes and the South”


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Armin Langer
Humboldt University of Berlin
“The ‘Othering’ of Catholic and Jewish Religious Practices: An Attempt to Defend Protestant Hegemony in the Nineteenth-Century United States”


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Daniel McCollum
The University of Aberdeen
“‘Rebellious Ostentaction’: Polish and Irish Priests, and the Question of Ethnic Identity in America’s Upper Midwest”


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Andreas Oberdorf
University of Münster
“The American College of St. Maurice at Münster in Westphalia: Pastoral Formation, Elite Education, and Transatlantic Careers, 1864–1879”


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Amanda Summers
Temple University
“The Inquisition in Spanish Colonies: Gender, Body, Incarceration, and Death”


The Cyprian Davis, O.S.B., Prize

Established in partnership with the American Catholic Historical Association, this prize recognizes outstanding research on the Black Catholic experience. 

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Leah Mickens
Boston University
“In the Shadow of Ebenezer: A Black Catholic Parish in the Age of Civil Rights and Vatican II”


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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Christopher Allison
Dominican University
“The History of Ending Historical Mission: Dominican Sisters of Tacoma and Congregational Closure”


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Alexandra Verini
Ashoka University
“The Sisters of Loreto in India and the Project of Empire”


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Alexia Williams
Washington University in St. Louis
“Black Revolutionary Saints: Roman Catholicism and the U.S. Racial Imagination”


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Deanna Witkowski
University of Pittsburgh
“Writing Friendships: Letter Correspondence Between Jazz Pianist Mary Lou Williams and Women Religious, 1961–1981”


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 projects on U.S. Catholic history.

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Steven Avella
Marquette University
“The Catholic Church in the 20th Century American West: Spatial Growth, Demographic Realities, and Roman Observations”


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Maxwell Pingeon
University of Virginia
“‘Our Anglo-Saxon Race’: Irish-Catholic Power and the School Question in New England, 1889–1929”


Hibernian Research Awards

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

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Cian T. McMahon
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
“Paddy’s Day: How Celebrating Saint Patrick Shaped the Irish Diaspora”


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Christopher White
National Catholic Reporter
“‘Pardon and Peace’: Religious Motivations in the Northern Ireland Conflict”


This announcement appears in the spring 2021 issue of the American Catholic Studies Newsletter