Joseph Mannard

Joseph MannardAssociate Professor

  • Office: Humanities and Social Sciences Building304S
  • 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," inAmerican 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 inAmerican 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