Candidate statement for September 2017 ACHA Election
The focus of my scholarship is Catholic identity in the nineteenth and early twentieth-century American Church. My work has also consistently been interdisciplinary, involving art, architecture, and visual and material culture. I completed my PhD in history in 2013 at American University in Washington, D.C. My current book project, which arose from my dissertation, is a biography of financier and philanthropist Thomas Fortune Ryan (1851-1928) entitled Thomas Fortune Ryan: An American Catholic. Presently, I serve as the Director of Archives for the Archdiocese of Washington. At the same time, I am an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Maryland University College teaching classes in general humanities.
I have been a member of the ACHA for about 8 years. I have attended meetings of many historical organizations in my career, but I have yet to encounter the friendliness and acceptance so readily seen in members of the ACHA. At the Annual Meeting, I have organized and chaired sessions, and presented papers. In my final year of graduate school, I was awarded the ACHA’s Presidential Travel Award. I have come to know many members at the Annual Meeting and what has struck me is the diversity of our members in terms of career paths. A good portion of our members are not tenure track professors but ministers, archivists, librarians, and independent historians. Because of that the resources available among the membership of the ACHA to guide younger members and assist discerning a career path both on and off the tenure track are substantial. As Elections Board Chair, I would hope to promote our diversity of career path along with geography, discipline, and gender. Thank You for your consideration.