ACHA Leadership & Executive Council

ACHA Officers and Officials

Kathleen Sprows Cummings, President (2017)
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).

Richard Gribble, C.S.C., Vice President (2017)
Stonehill College

  • 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

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.

Martin Menke (2016-2019)
Rivier University

  • Research Interests:
    20th-century German political Catholicism, Modern Germany, nationalism and religion.
  • Most Recent Publication: “Multiple Caesars? Germany, Bavaria, and German Catholics in the Interwar Period,” in Beyond the Borders of Baptism: Catholicity, Allegiances, and Lived Identities, ed. Michael L. Budde, Eugene: Cascade Books, 2016.

David Endres (2016-2019)
Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West

  • Research Interests: U.S. Catholicism; 19th and 20th century history of Catholic ethnics, priesthood/religious life, missionary work, and devotionalism.
  • Most Recent Publication: “God’s Beggar and Builder: Father Francis Koch, OFM, and the Growth of the Church in Northern New Jersey,” in Essays on New Jersey Catholic History: In Commemoration of the 350th Anniversary of the Founding of the New Jersey Colony (New Jersey Catholic Historical Commission, 2016).

Liam Matthew Brockey, Past 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).

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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