Participant Info

First Name
Margaret Susan
Last Name
Syracuse University
Website URL
U.S. Politics (Congress, Presidency), Religion & Politics, Women & Religion, Catholicism
Additional Contact Information
315-727-2297 (cell), 315-443-2210 (work), 315-632-4376 (landline)

Personal Info

About Me

I am a former American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow who has published widely on Congress and lobbying. My current research and publications are on the history of American nuns, with feminist analysis of women and religion. I have published widely in this area, and have served as a consultant and on-film expert in several documentaries. My 18-lecture series on the history of American nuns is available through I write frequently for Global Sisters Report and the National Catholic Reporter.


Recent Publications

“Concentric Circles of Sisterhood: American Nuns Respond to Vatican Kyriarchy,” in Conflict and Collaboration: For Better or Worse(Routledge Studies in Security and Conflict Management), ed. Catherine Gerard and Louis Kriesberg (Routledge, 2018).

“I Came Because of the Sisters – and Stayed Because of the Sisterhood,” in Visions, Vocations and the Voices of Women, ed. Catholic Women Speak (Paulist Press, 2018)

“Formal and Informal Collaboration among American Nuns in Response to Conflict with Vatican Kyriarchy.” Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion[1], Volume 16, No. 2 (Fall 2016).

 Sisters and the Creation of American Catholic Identities.” In Education, Vocation and Care: Histories and Archives of Women Religious, ed. Dierdre Raftery and Elizabeth Smyth (Routledge, 2015).

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
5, 8, 9
Expertise by Topic
American Presidents, Gender, Government, Politics, Religion, Women