Call for Papers: U.S. Catholic Historian’s ‘U.S. Catholic Historiography’ Issue

U.S. Catholic Historian
Future Issue: U.S. Catholic Historiography

For forty years the U.S. Catholic Historian has published theme-based issues relevant to the history of American Catholicism.  An upcoming issue will address the theme of U.S. Catholic historiography. Contributions could include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Analyses of the studies, sources, methods and interpretations used by American Catholic historians, including John Gilmary Shea, Peter Guilday, John Tracy Ellis, etc.
  • Surveys of the development of historical studies and approaches to subfields of U.S. Catholic history, including immigration/ethnic history, women religious, gender, race, nationalism, transnationalism, etc.
  • Impact of historical “turning points” on Catholic historiography, including World War II, the Baby Boom, Vatican II, civil rights, the sex abuse scandals, etc.
  • Efforts at memory and reconciliation for Catholic participation in slavery, indigenous missions, boarding schools, etc.
  • Reassessments of notable Catholics (Junípero Serra, John Carroll, Roger Taney, etc.).
  • Emerging historical research methodologies, including digital, quantitative, mapping and data visualization approaches.
  • New directions in U.S. Catholic historiography or new sources or collections influencing the discipline’s trajectory.

Scholars considering a submission are asked to contact the editor, Fr. David Endres at [email protected] before preparing a contribution. Approximate length is 7,000-10,000 words. We ask for submissions by November 1, 2022 and look forward to hearing from potential contributors.

Fr. David Endres
Editor, U.S. Catholic Historian
[email protected]