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MemberCeleste McNamara

I am a historian of early modern Italy, focusing on religious and popular culture. I am currently an assistant professor of history at SUNY Cortland, and I hold a Ph.D. from Northwestern University.   My first book, The Bishop’s Burden: Reforming the Catholic Church in Early Modern Italy, explores how attempts to reform the Catholic Church in the wake of the Protestant Reformation were negotiated and enacted in seventeenth-century Italy. Although the Catholic Church charged bishops with implementing significant changes, it failed to provide concrete guidance. This lack of institutional support forced bishops to build their own reform programs, which allowed for creativity as they encountered unique challenges and negotiated changes with parish clergy and communities.   I am currently working on a book-length study of the control of sexual sin and crime by both Church and state in 16th-18th century Venice. In this period, both authorities increased their efforts to control the behavior of ordinary people, as part of projects of confessionalization and statebuilding. Examining trials for sins and crimes including seduction, bigamy, concubinage, sexual violence, and prostitution, allow me to hear the voices and learn about the lives of Venetians, cutting across boundaries of class, gender, age, ethnicity, and religious identity.  

MemberColin Snider

I am Assistant Professor of Latin American History at the University of Texas-Tyler, with a Ph.D. in Latin American History from the University of New Mexico. My work specializes in social movements, military regimes, state-society relations, and human rights & memory in Latin America, with a specific focus on Brazil. I have published articles on education and student activism in the 2013 Brazilian protests, on university autonomy and social mobilization in Brazil, and on defining transitional politics in the 21st century. I have contributed book chapters on  educational demands and student movements in Brazil’s long 1960s appears in the edited volume The Third World in the Global 1960s (Berghahn Books, 2013) and on the dynamics between student activism, religious movements, and political transformation in 20th century Brazil in the edited volume Local Church, Global Church: Catholic Activism in Latin America from Rerum Novarum to Vatican II (Catholic University Press, 2016). I am currently at work on a manuscript that uses the Brazilian university system to examine the ways in which the middle class played an increasingly central role in defining the political and social struggles of Brazil in the twentieth century. I teach undergraduate and graduate courses on Latin American History, Inter-American Relations, and Native American History. Additionally, he is currently the book review editor for the quarterly scholarly journal The Latin Americanist.

MemberSteven P. Millies

Steve Millies’s scholarship explores the Catholic church’s relationship to politics in a perspective that embraces history, theology, law, ethics, sociology, philosophy, and political theory.  As Pope Francis has called for a “politics which is farsighted and capable of a new, integral, and interdisciplinary approach,” Millies’s work resists seeing politics only as a conflict over individual interests. Instead, in Pope Francis’s words, politics expresses our “conviction that we need one another, that we have a shared responsibility for each other and the world.” Millies studied political theory at The Catholic University of America, completing his degree with a study of religion in British statesman Edmund Burke’s political ideas.  Before coming to CTU, he was associate professor of political science at the University of South Carolina Aiken where he held the J. Strom Thurmond Endowed Chair in Political Science. Millies is a member of several learned societies, including the Association for Political Theory, the Catholic Theological Society of America, and the Society of Christian Ethics.  As well, he participates in the International Thomas Merton Society, the Eric Voegelin Society, and he is the secretary for the Edmund Burke Society of America.  His book, Joseph Bernardin: Seeking Common Ground (Liturgical Press, 2016), won first place in the biography category for the Catholic Press Association’s 2017 Book Awards, and he has contributed to several periodicals and journals that include AmericaCommonweal, and the National Catholic Reporter, and he writes a monthly online column for U.S. Catholic magazine.  His most recent book, Good Intentions:  A History of Catholic Voters’ Road from Roe to Trump, was published by Liturgical Press in 2018.

MemberLiesbeth Corens

I am a historian of mobility, travel, archives, commemoration, and the Catholic Reformation. My research uses the case of the dispersed English and Dutch Catholic minorities as a means to reconsider the geographical, thematic, and chronological confines of scholarship on the European Catholic Church in the early modern period. I have taught at the University of Cambridge, Queen Mary University of London, the University of Reading, Oxford Brookes, and the University of Oxford. I am also actively involved in organising conferences and seminars, primarily related to record keeping or about early modern Catholic history. I currently am the book reviews editor for British Catholic History, the preeminent journal for the history of Catholicism in Britain and Ireland published with Cambridge University Press.

MemberJon Dell Isola

I am a historian of early medieval politics, particularly in the East Frankish kingdom. My dissertation, titled “”The Only Just King”: Arnulf of Carinthia and the Transformation of Carolingian Europe, c. 850-899″ explores how one late ninth century king, Arnulf, fits into changes taking place in European politics and society. Some of my other interests are GIS/Digital humanities and history writing in the medieval world.