ACHA Leadership & Executive Council

ACHA Officers and Officials

Liam Matthew Brockey, President (2016)
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).

Kathleen Sprows Cummings, Vice President (2016)
Director, the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism, University of Notre Dame

  • Research Interests: U.S. Catholicism, Women and American Religion, Gilded Age/Progressive Era, Immigration
  • Notable Publication: New Women of the Old Faith: Gender and American Catholic Identity in the Progressive Era. (University of North Carolina Press, 2009).

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

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.

Augustine Curley (2015-18)
St. Benedict’s Abbey, Newark, NJ

  • Research interests: American Church History, specifically the Catholic Church in New Jersey, anti-Catholicism, the Irish in America, and Benedictine history.
  • Most significant work: Augustine’s Critique of Skepticism: A Study of Contra Academicos (Peter Lang, 1996).
  • Most recent publication:The Irish in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark,” in  Marta Deyrup and Maura Grace Harrington, eds., The Irish American Experience in New Jersey and Metropolitan New York: Cultural Identity, Hybridity, and Commemoration (New York: Lexington Books, 2013).

A. Katie Harris (2015-18)
University of California, Davis

  • Research interests: Early modern Spain and Spanish world; cult of saints
  • Most recent publications:  “An immense structure of errors”: Dionisio Bonfant, Lucas Holstenius, and the Writing of Sacred History in Seventeenth-Century Sardinia,” in The Early Modern Hispanic World: Transnational and Interdisciplinary Perspectives (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, in press); “Gift, Sale, and Theft: Juan de Ribera and the Sacred Economy of Relics in the Early Modern Mediterranean,” Journal of Early Modern History 18 (2014): 1-34.

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).

Graduate Student Representative

Peter Cajka (2016-2018)
Ph.D. candidate, Boston College

Ex Officio

Nelson H. Minnich
Professor, Catholic University of America

Editor, The Catholic Historical Review

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