Joseph Mannard

  • Joseph MannardAssistant Professor

    • Office: 304S Humanities and Social Sciences Building
    • Phone: 724-357-3297
    • Email:

    Online Office Hours:

    • MTWRF: 11:00 a.m.–Noon


    • 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,” forthcoming in American Catholic Studies (Summer 2017), which was named Best Article in a Scholarly Journal for 2018 by the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada.

    Hist 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 2020 Courses

    • HIST 196 – Explorations in US History
    • HIST 342 – The Early American Republic, 1783-1861

    Fall 2020 Courses

    • HIST 196 – Explorations in US History
    • HIST 204 – United States History to 1877
    • HIST 363 – Thought and Culture in Early America