Leadership &
Executive Council

ACHA Officers and Executive Council Members

The American Catholic Historical Association is led by an elected president, an elected nine-person Executive Council, and an executive secretary, who is appointed by the Executive Council. Elections, in which all ACHA members are eligible to participate, are held each fall.
Our leadership reflects the wide scope of experience and interests of our membership. Executive Committee representatives are professors at large and small universities, independent scholars, archivists, and graduate students.  

University of Dayton

President (2024)

Saint Louis University

Vice President (2024)
President (2025)

Mount St. Mary’s University

Executive Director
  • Research Interests: U.S. in the World, U.S. Religious History, History of Built Environment, Global Catholicism, Southern Africa
  • Notable Publications:

    Missionary Empire: American Catholics in Belize and Guatemala, 1941-1961, American Catholic Studies Vol. 130, No. 3, (Fall 2019); “’Quest for the Holy Grail’: Central American War, Catholic Internationalism, and United States Public Diplomacy in Reagan’s America,” U.S. Catholic Historian, vol. 33, no. 1 (Winter 2015), 163-197; “God Save the Boer: Irish American Catholics and the South African War, 1899-1902,” U.S. Catholic Historian, vol. 26, no. 4 (Fall 2008), 1-26.

Louisiana State University

PAST President (2023)

Research Interests:

  • History of Religion in the United States, American Catholic History, Environmental Humanities

Notable Works:

Pepperdine University

Executive Council, 2023-25

Notable Publications:

  • “‘Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart Will Prevail’: Vietnamese Marianism and Anticommunism, 1940–1975,” Journal of Vietnamese Studies 17.2–3 (2022): 126–157.
  • “The Resettlement of Vietnamese Refugee Religious, Priests, and Seminarians in the United States, 1975–1977,” U.S. Catholic Historian 37.3 (2019): 99–122.

St. Norbert College

Executive Council, 2023-25

Research Interests:

  • American Catholic history, sacred space, and the Virgin Mary

Notable Publications:

  • American Patroness: Marian Shrines and the Making of US Catholicism, co-edited with Katherine Dugan, Ph.D., Fordham University Press (forthcoming, 2023)

David Roach

Baylor University

Graduate Student Representative
Executive Council, 2022-24

Research Interests:

  • Catholicism in the American South

University of Maryland

Graduate Student Representative
Executive Council, 2023-25

Research Interests:

  • Religion and Literature, Critical and Post-critical Theories, 20th Century Latin, American Literature, Southern Cone Literatures, Modernismo and Avant-garde, Periodical publications, First Wave Feminism, Latin American and Latinx Religions

Archives of the Archdiocese of New York

Executive Council, 2024-26

Thomas Worcester

Fordham University

Executive Council, 2024-26

Catholic Historical Review

Executive Council
Ex officio

Nelson H. Minnich is the editor of the Catholic Historical Review and a professor of history at the Catholic University of America. His work has dealt broadly with Christian humanism, the Catholic and Protestant Reformations, and the papacy and general councils of the early modern period, especially the Fifth Lateran Council (1512-17).

Under ACHA bylaw, the editor of the CHR, which is the official organ of the Association, holds an ex officio seat on the Executive Council “with voice but without vote.”