ACHA Leadership & Executive Council

ACHA Officers and Officials

Angelyn Dries, OSF, President (2015)
Professor Emerita, Saint Louis University, Department of Theological Studies

  • Research Interests: mission history, especially from the United States; World Christianity
  • Most Recent Publication: Prayer and Practice in the American Catholic Community (Orbis Books, 2000; “Religion and Missions,” in Stephen Stein, ed., Cambridge History of Religion in the Americas, Vol. III (NY, Cambridge University Press, 2012).

Liam Matthew Brockey, Vice President (2015)
Associate Professor of History, Michigan State University

  • Research Interests: Early modern Catholicism; overseas missions in Asia and religious orders
  • Most Recent Publication: The Visitor: André Palmeiro and the Jesuits in Asia.(Cambridge, Mass. and London: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2014).

R. Bentley Anderson, S.J., Executive Secretary-Treasurer (2011-present)
Associate Professor of African and African-American Studies, Fordham University

  • Research Interests: Race and religion in the southern U.S. and South Africa in the post-World War II period.
  • Most Recent Publication: Black, White, and Catholic: New Orleans Interracialism,1947-1956 (Vanderbilt, 2005).

Executive Council

Anthony Burke Smith (2013-15)
Associate Professor, Department of Religious Studies, University of Dayton

  • Academic interests: Catholicism in American culture, American film and politics, mass culture, modern American cultural history
  • Most Recent Publication: The Look of Catholics: Portrayals in Popular Culture from the Great Depression to the Cold War(University Press of Kansas, 2010).

Stefania Tutino (2013-15)
University of California, Santa Barbara

  • Research Interests:  Political, intellectual, and cultural history of post-Tridentine Catholicism
  • Most Recent Publication: Shadows of Doubt. Language, Truth, and Truth in Post-Reformation Catholic Culture (forthcoming, Oxford University Press).

Ralph Keen (2013-16)
University of Illinois at Chicago

  • Research Interests: Early modern Catholicism, reception of antiquity in the Reformation period.
  • Most Recent Publication: Exile and Restoration in Jewish Thought (Continuum,

Fernanda Helen Perrone (2013-16)
Rutgers University

  • Research Interests: U.S. Catholic women’s education; history of women religious; archives, memory and material culture
  • Most Recent Publication: “From Annals to Heritage Centers: The Archives of Women’s Religious Communities,” in Perspectives on Women’s Archives.Chicago: Society of American Archivists, 2013.

Thomas F. Rzeznik (2014-17)
Seton Hall University

  • Research Interests: Social and Religious History; U.S. Catholicism; and Urban History.
  • Most Recent Publication: Church and Estate: Religion and Wealth in Industrial-Era Philadelphia (Penn State Press, 2013)

Kevin P. Spicer, C.S.C. (2014-17)
James J. Kenneally Distinguished Professor of History, Stonehill College

  • Academic interests: Modern Germany, Church & State, Holocaust Studies
  • Most recent publication: Hitler’s Priests: Catholic Clergy and National Socialism. DeKalb, IL: Northern Illinois University Press in association with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, 2008.

Daniel Bornstein, Past President (2014)
Professor, Washington University in St. Louis

  • Research Interests: medieval religious culture; medieval and Renaissance Italy
  • Most Recent Publication: Medieval Christianity, vol. 4 of A People’s History of Christianity (editor) (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2009)

Ex Officio

Nelson H. Minnich
Professor, Catholic University of America

Editor, The Catholic Historical Review

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