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Kate Moran, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
American Studies

Courses Taught

ASTD 1000: Investigating America: An Introduction to American Studies; ASTD 2300: Americans Abroad; ASTD 3500: Religion and American Culture: Faith and Global Activism; ASTD 3930: Coming to America: Immigration in U.S. History and Culture: ASTD 5930: Cultures of American Religion: ASTD 5930: Ideas and Intellectuals in Twentieth-Century America: ASTD 6100: Dissertation Colloquium: ASTD 6400: Transnational America: ASTD 6500: Visions of U.S. Empire: ASTD 6930: Cultural Geographies of American Religion


Ph.D. in History, Johns Hopkins University (2009)
M.A. in History, Johns Hopkins University (2004)
B.A. in History, University of Colorado at Boulder (1998)

Research Interests

Moran's research focuses on the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century United States: on transnational encounters and migrations, religious thought and culture, and processes of U.S. nation- and empire-building.

She is currently at work on her first book, "Imagining God's Country: Catholicism, Nation, Empire and the Making of Modern America, 1870–1920." This project traces a widespread reevaluation of Roman Catholicism in U.S. national identity formations during the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, in the context of the development of the United States as a continent-spanning, industrial nation with an overseas empire.

Bringing together American Protestant and Catholic encounters with Catholic communities and pasts in places as diverse as Risorgimento Italy and Kulturkampf Germany, the boom cities of the U.S. Midwest and far west, and emerging sites of U.S. overseas empire, "Imagining God's Country" brings a global perspective to the history of the changing place of Catholicism in U.S. culture and society.

Publications and Media Placements


Imagining God's Country: Catholicism, Nation, Empire and the Making of Modern America, 1870–1920


"Catholicism and the Making of the U.S. Pacific" Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era 12.4 (October 2013): 434–474. ©Cambridge University Press (

Community Work and Service

Moran advises graduate students in SLU’s American studies department. Previously, she served on the Faculty Senate of the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point, chaired that University’s history department's personnel policies committee and served on other department-level committees, including a search committee. She was also the faculty advisor of the History Club and Phi Alpha Theta.