ACHA Executive Council, Officers, and Officials

ACHA Officers and Officials

Daniel Bornstein, 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)

Angelyn Dries, OSF, Vice President (2014)
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).

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 (Vanderbuilt, 2005).

Executive Council

Suzanne Brown-Fleming (2012-14)
Director, Visiting Scholar Programs, Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

  • Research Interests: Vatican, German and American Catholic Church during the Nazi Era, the Holocaust.
  • Most Recent Publication: ““Killing Us in a Slow Way Instead of Doing it with Gas:’ The German Catholic Discourse of ‘Suffering,’ 1946-1959,” In “Narratives of Trauma: Discourses of German Wartime Suffering in National and International Perspective,” Helmut Schmitz and Annette Seidel-Arpaci, editors (Amsterdam: German Monitor, 2011).

Leigh Ann Craig (2012-14)
Associate Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University

  • Research Interests:  Medieval Christianity, Medieval Medicine, and Gender
  • Most Recent Publication: “Wandering Women and Holy Matrons: Women as Pilgrims in the Later Middle Ages” (Brill, 2009)

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.

Margaret McGuinness (2013; past president)
Professor, LaSalle University

  • Research Interests:  U.S. Catholicism, Religion in America, history of women religious, religion and social justice

Ex Officio

Nelson H. Minnich
Professor, Catholic University of America
Editor, The Catholic Historical Review

CalendarACHA events and deadlines
Sept. 9-23
ACHA elections
Online balloting
Sept. 6-
Oct. 15
Applications for Presidential Travel Grants accepted
Sept. 20-
Nov. 20
Registration period for 2015 Annual Conference
New York
Oct. 20-
Jan. 30
Call for Papers: Spring Meeting 2015
Jan. 2-5
Jan. 15-
Apr. 15
Call for papers: 2016 Annual Meeting
Mar. 26-28
2015 Spring Meeting
University of Notre Dame