Joseph MannardAssociate Professor


  • 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.