Joseph Mannard

  • Joseph MannardAssociate Professor

    • Office: Humanities and Social Sciences Building 304S
    • Phone: 724-357-2284
    • Email:

    Spring 2021 Office Hours:

    • Monday/Wednesday: 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.,
    • Friday: 2:00–4:00 p.m., and
    • by appointment via Zoom


    • PhD, University of Maryland, College Park
    • MA, University of South Florida, Tampa
    • BA, University of South Florida, St. Petersburg
    • AA, Manatee Junior College, Bradenton, Florida

    Academic Interests

    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 2020). 

    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.

    Spring 2021 Courses

    • HIST 196 – Explorations in US History
    • HIST 342 – Early Republic

    Fall 2021 Courses

    • HIST 196 - Explorations in US History
    • HIST 204 - United States History to 1877