Kathleen Cummings

American Studies

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574-631-8749
Email
cummings.23@nd.edu
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Professor of American Studies
William W. and Anna Jean Cushwa Director, Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism

  • History of women and American religion
  • U.S. Catholicism

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Cummings in the News

Catholic bishops endorse communion guidelines for public figures

NPR's A Martinez talks to Kathleen Sprows Cummings of Notre Dame, about U.S. Catholic Bishops approving a position paper urging Catholics to abide by church teachings if they take communion.

The president’s meeting with Pope Francis was a diplomatic visit tinged with the personal.

“They’re the regular guys,” said Kathleen Sprows Cummings, the director of the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism at the University of Notre Dame. 

Nun of Us Are Friends

Kathleen Sprows Cummings is a Professor of American Studies at the University of Notre Dame.

Admirers still urging sainthood for chaplain killed on 9/11

A forceful appeal for canonization came last year in an essay by professor Kathleen Sprows Cummings, director of the University of Notre Dame’s Cushwa Center for American Catholicism.

Amid dispute over Biden’s support of abortion rights, Catholic bishops to vote on controversial Communion document

Kathleen Cummings, a historian at the University of Notre Dame who runs the school’s Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism, said the U.S. Catholic Church for many decades was defined more by questions of how and whether Catholicism — then mostly a faith of immigrants — could fit into America.

Biden and abortion could change the bishops’ culture of consensus at next week’s USCCB meeting

Kathleen Sprows Cummings, the director of the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism at the University of Notre Dame, said she is unsure what drafting such a document would accomplish beyond “pushing people farther away from the church.”

Soul Sisters: Mother Augusta and The Reverend Elizabeth McVicker

Kathleen Sprows Cummings is a professor of American Studies and History at Notre Dame University, the Director of the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism at Notre Dame, and is an expert on the history of women religious.

'Mare of Easttown' captures cultural Catholicism's lasting power

But people are interested in the show — it has been regularly breaking the million-viewers mark on Sunday nights — and Kathleen Sprows Cummings, who is the director of the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism at the University of Notre Dame, said she soon realized the incredible buzz around the show is "because it nails place so well."

In Venezuela, a quest for sainthood offers proof of miracles

The definition of what is holy changes over time, says Kathleen Sprows Cummings, history professor at the University of Notre Dame and author of the book A Saint of Our Own. “We reinvent saints in each age.”

President Biden is the nation’s 2nd Catholic president.

Kathleen Sprows Cummings talks to The News with Shepard Smith.

Will Biden be invited to Notre Dame's commencement?

Kathleen Sprows Cummings, director of the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism, who was teaching a class at that time on "Catholics in America," told NCR the campus debates were professionally and pedagogically very rewarding, as they led to lively conversation with her students.

As Biden prays for healing, Catholics clash over president’s faith

"Pope Francis has talked about the need to find a better kind of politics, a less polarizing kind of politics. And I think in that sense, he's expressing his hope that Joe Biden could be the one to open that conversation," said Kathleen Sprows Cummings, director of the Cushwa Center for Study of American Catholicism at the University of Notre Dame.

How might Joe Biden’s Catholic faith guide his presidency?

Interview with Kathleen Sprows Cummings, American studies. 

President Biden's Catholicism could encourage expanded conversations on polarizing issues

While President Biden and John F. Kennedy share the same faith, Notre Dame history professor Kathleen Sprows Cummings says the way they show it is drastically different.

Joe Biden's very Catholic Cabinet

Historian Kathleen Sprows Cummings told NCR that while there were a few Catholic Cabinet members during the 19th century, they were outliers and "their Catholicism didn't matter to their public life in any discernible way."

JFK was greeted with rock-star support from Catholics. Biden faces a much more divided tribe.

“It’s potentially a game-changer in American politics,” said Kathleen Sprows Cummings, head of the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism at the University of Notre Dame.

Four Women Martyred in Service to the Poor

“Canonization changes nothing about the person being honored,” notes University of Notre Dame Professor Kathleen Sprows Cummings, director of the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism.