Kathleen Sprows Cummings


American Studies

Kathleen Sprows Cummings is an Associate Professor of American Studies and History. She also directs Notre Dame’s Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism. Cummings published her first book, New Women of the Old Faith: Gender and American Catholicism in the Progressive Era, in 2009 with the University of North Carolina Press. Cummings’ current book project, Citizen Saints: Catholics and Canonization in America, was supported by an NEH Fellowship during the academic year 2010-11 and will be published in 2017 with the University of North Carolina Press.

Cummings regularly teaches the Department of American Studies’ large Introductory course, a University Seminar on “Sanctity and Society,” and upper-level courses on the history of women and American religion and the study of U.S. Catholicism.  Her essay on teaching about gender and Catholicism at Notre Dame appeared in The Catholic Studies Reader (Fordham, 2011). Cummings received the Edmund P. Joyce Undergraduate Teaching Award at Notre Dame in 2007. She has participated in a number of programs that focus on cultivating teaching excellence, including the Lilly Postdoctoral Program in Humanities and the Arts at Valparaiso University (1999-2001) and the Young Scholars in American Religion Program at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (2004-2006). 

Contact Information
Department of American Studies
1047 Flanner Hall
P: (574) 631-7316

Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism 
407 Geddes Hall
P: (574) 631-5441