Over at American Religion I wrote about my book; about driving to convents in rural Kentucky back when we could still travel; about a place I just can’t get out of my head. That place–the Loretto Community in Nerinx, KY–is just one of a handful of convent properties I’ve traveled to in the past year. Read more here:
To trace the stories of Catholic academy girls in nineteenth-century America—girls whose white skin and class privilege, I argue, made them symbols of both U.S. Catholic aspirations and anti-Catholic nightmares—I started making convent road trips. Even repurposed convent academies are often remarkably maintained, and I am drawn to their parlors, porches, hallways, and anterooms…
I’ve long been fascinated by the Catholic Summer School of America, the “Catholic Chautauqua” founded in the 1890s on the eastern shores of Lake Champlain just outside of Plattsburgh, New York. Thanks to a treasure trove of photographs made newly available by the Clinton County Historical Association archives in the early 2010s, and funding from Colgate University’s Upstate Institute just before the pandemic, my work on white women and the labor of leisure has finally made its way to print this month in Religion and American Culture (https://doi.org/10.1017/rac.2022.8). Here’s a peek:
This year, I’m teaching one course at Harvard Divinity School while finishing my book manuscript, and it’s the course I’ve always wanted to teach: Women and Gender in American Catholicism. Check out the syllabus online and let me know what you would add — I had to cut so much good, new, work in this thriving subfield off of the official reading list, but I hope my students will make a dent with their writing projects!
On Thursday, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced $28.6 million in grants for 233 humanities projects. One of those projects was mine: The Young Catholic: Girlhood and the Making of American Catholicism, 1836-1911. I’m tremendously grateful for a NEH summer stipend as I go on research leave in May to finish the book.
Read more about some of the grants awarded this cycle here.
I’m delighted to share that I’ll be spending the 2019-2020 academic year (my junior leave from Colgate University) in residence at Harvard Divinity School, where I’ll serve as research associate and Visiting Assistant Professor of Women’s Studies and North American Religions. [WSRP announcement]