Mary Beth Fraser Connolly
Title: Continuing Lecturer
Department: History and Philosophy
College: Humanities, Education, and Social Sciences
Building: SWRZ Room: 210C
- B.A., John Carroll University, 1992
- M.A., State University of New York at Binghamton, 1995
- Ph.D., The Catholic University of America, 2006
Courses Taught Recently
- HIST 151 American History to 1877
- HIST 152 American History Since 1877
- HIST 295 Introduction to Historiography
- HIST 301 Episodes in American Religious History
- 365 Women in America
- HIST 492 Women, Gender, and Political Reform in the Progressive Era
Began at PNW
Mary Beth Fraser Connolly’s primary research interests are the history of women and religion in nineteenth- and twentieth-century America. She has a particular interest in the history of Catholic women religious. Her current research project explores how the missionary experience changed the spiritual outlook of Sisters of Mercy in the nineteenth and twentieth century.
Women of Faith: The Chicago Sisters of Mercy and the Evolution of a Religious Community, (New York: Fordham University Press, 2014).
Empowering the People of God: Catholic Action Before and After Vatican II, co-editor with Jeremy Bonner and Christopher Denny, (New York: Fordham University Press, 2013).
Book Chapters and Articles:
“Sister Justina Segale and Americanization: The Making of Catholic Italian Americans,” Vincentian Heritage Journal Vol. 33, Issue 2, Article 4, (Fall 2016): http://via.library.depaul.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1465&context=vhj.
“Reaching Out to the People of God: The Implications of Renewal for the Sisters of Mercy in Parish Schools,” Empowering the People of God: Catholic Action Before and After Vatican II, Jeremy Bonner, Mary Beth Fraser Connolly, and Christopher Denny, eds., (New York: Fordham University Press, 2013), 171-196.
“New England Industrial Workers,” Perspectives in American Social History, Ed. Mark Cheathem, (ABC-Clio, Inc. 2008), 117-31, Co-written with Michael J. Connolly.
“‘A Good Girl Has Reason to be Satisfied with her Condition in Life’: George Deshon and the Guide for Catholic Young Women,” Paulist History, 7(1998): 43-54.
“The Journal of Sister Justina and the Santa Maria Institute.” With M. Christine Anderson and Judith Metz, SC, The American Catholic History Classroom, American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives, The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC http://cuomeka.wrlc.org/exhibits/show/justina-and-blandina-segale, (2017).