Early American Thought and Culture, Early Republic, Women in America, “The Concealed Enemy”: Fear of Conspiracy in US History, Mobs, Riots, and Vigilantes: Collective Violence in US History
Joseph Mannard is a specialist in nineteenth-century US social history, with strong interests in antebellum benevolence and reform movements and in religious history. Most of his published research focuses on American Catholicism in the nineteenth century;
in particular, the lives of Roman Catholic nuns in the antebellum era, a topic that illuminates the histories of health and charitable work, education, immigration, and women.
His most recent publication is “’Our Prospects Are Mighty Dark’:
The Ordeal of the Sisters of the Visitation in Antebellum Wheeling,” in American
Catholic Studies: Journal of the American Catholic Historical Society (Spring
Mannard’s article “’Our Dear Houses Are Here, There, +
Everywhere’: The Convent Revolution in Antebellum America,” which appeared
in American Catholic Studies (Summer 2017), was named
"Best Article in a Scholarly Journal for 2018" by the Catholic Press
Association of the United States and Canada.
His current research is a book-length project, America’s First Runaway Nun: the Two Lives of Ann Gertrude Wightt, 1799–1867, for which he received a Mother Theodore Guerin Research Travel Grant, Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism,
University of Notre Dame, 2019.