Kathleen Sprows Cummings

Kathleen Sprows Cummings

Professor of American Studies


403 Geddes Hall

Research Interests

  • Women
  • Religion
  • 19th and 20th Century America

Kathleen Sprows Cummings is a Professor of American Studies, holds a joint appointment in the Department of History, and is the William W. and Anna Jean Cushwa Director of the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism. After earning an M.A. from the University of Scranton and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame, Cummings taught at Valparaiso University before coming to Notre Dame. Cummings currently oversees the Conference on the History of Women Religious, and often serves as a media commentator on events regarding the Church. Her first book, New Women of the Old Faith: Gender and American Catholicism in the Progressive Era, was published in 2009. She co-edited Catholics and the American Century: Recasting Narratives of U.S. History, published in 2012. Her current book project, Citizen Saints: Catholics and Canonization in America, was supported by a National Endowment for the Humanities grant in 2011-12. It will be published in 2019 with the University of North Carolina Press.

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