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Loyola University of Chicago
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American Catholicism, 19th century, early America, religion, American religion, American Christianity, Catholicism, memory, public history, museum studies
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I received a BA from Saint Vincent College in history and theology. I minored in public history and Medieval studies. My Masters of Arts in Public History is from Duquesne University. I am currently a PhD candidate of Public History/American History at Loyola University of Chicago.

My dissertation, “Enshrining Memory,” explores Catholic memory at five shrines dedicated to American saints. I argue that each shrine acts as the center of formal Church memory which both shapes the visitors’ experiences but is simultaneously acted upon through their engagement with the site. Furthermore, these sites demonstrate how Catholics understand their history, how they understand their national identity, and how they translate these concepts for non-Catholic audiences.This incorporates my interest in the display and interpretation of American religious history. In the past, my research explored Catholic-Presbyterian relations in the Ohio Valley region.

My work experience includes small and large museums. I hope to work in public history or higher education administration.

Recent Publications
Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
Atlantic, North America, United States
Expertise by Chronology
18th century, 19th century, Early Modern
Expertise by Topic
Material Culture, Public History, Religion