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Center for Research on Global Catholicism

The Center for Research on Global Catholicism (CRGC) at Saint Louis University supports scholarship at the nexus of Catholicism and culture, providing robust programming that promotes interdisciplinary research, collaboration, and methodological innovation.

Our Mission

Our mission is to make Saint Louis University an internationally-recognized hub for research on global Catholicism. The Center for Research on Global Catholicism supports scholarship on the ways and means by which Catholicism migrated across time and space to become a global religion, entangled with imperial ambitions, in excess of official intentions, mobilized by material objects, affective relationships, politics, theologies, epidemics and more.

The objectives of the Center for Research on Global Catholicism include:

  • Capitalizing on scholarly expertise at SLU and in St. Louis to advance knowledge and understanding of global Catholicism
  • Facilitating connections between local archives and research scholars
  • Supporting scholars working in the field of global Catholicism by providing resources, community, and opportunities for collaboration

The Center for Research on Global Catholicism is a Big Idea project sponsored by the Research Growth Fund at SLU. The first Big Idea grounded in the Humanities, the CRGC brings together three key components of SLU’s Jesuit history and mission: a legacy of global engagement, a commitment to rigorous academic inquiry and a focus on social justice.

Center for Research on Global Catholicism Team

Leadership Team

Mary Dunn, Ph.D.

Director, Center for Research on Global Catholicism

Associate Professor, Theological Studies

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Charles Parker, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of History

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Cathleen Fleck, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Art History

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Kate Moran, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, American Studies

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Executive Sponsors

David Suwalsky, S.J.

Vice President of Mission and Identity


Donna LaVoie

Dean of the College for Arts & Sciences

Affiliated Faculty
  • Heidi Ardizzone (American Studies)
  • Jeff Bishop (Philosophy)
  • Debra Cashion (Vatican Film Library)
  • David Cassens (Dean of Libraries)
  • Sam Conedera S.J. (History)
  • Ron Crown (Pius Library)
  • Emily Dumler-Winckler (Theological Studies)
  • Chris Ealham (Humanities, Madrid)
  • Jamie Emery (Pius Library)
  • Francisco J. García-Serrano Nebras (Humanities, Madrid)
  • Claire Gilbert (History)
  • Jay Hammond (Theological Studies)
  • Kevin Ingram (Humanities, Madrid)
  • Alberto de Mingo Kaminouchi (Humanities, Madrid)
  • Grant Kaplan (Theological Studies)
  • Atria Larson (Theological Studies)
  • Nick Lewis (History)
  • Petruta Lipan (University Museums)
  • Jennifer J. Lowe (Rare Books Room)
  • Paul Lynch (English)
  • Filippo Marsilli (History)
  • Colleen McCluskey (Philosophy)
  • David Meconi (Catholic Studies),
  • David Miros (Director, Jesuit Archives and Research Center)
  • Melanie Mitchell (Humanities, Madrid)
  • Fabien Montcher (History)
  • Ana Montero (LLC)
  • Almudena Olondo (Humanities, Madrid)
  • Olga Muñoz (Spanish, Madrid)
  • Gregory Pass (Vatican Film Library)
  • Jen Popiel (History)
  • Scott Ragland (Philosophy)
  • Fabiola Martínez Rodríguez (Fine and Performing Arts, Madrid)
  • Angela Smart (Languages, Literatures, and Cultures)
  • Sergio Rosell (Humanities, Madrid)
  • Mark Ruff (History)
  • Steven Schoenig (History)
  • Cynthia Stollhans (Fine and Performing Arts)
  • Eleonore Stump (Philosophy)
  • Laura Tedesco (Political Science, Madrid)
  • Curra Vericat (Fine and Performing Arts, Madrid)
  • Taylor West (Humanities, Madrid)
  • Jeff Wickes (Theological Studies)