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Sister John Catherine

Doctoral Candidate


My undergraduate study focused on medieval Europe, and I wrote a thesis on St. Catherine of Siena.  My graduate study has been in United States History here at UTK.  My initial interest in Catholic attitudes towards slavery in the antebellum U.S. has shifted forward several decades to examining Catholicism in the Jim Crow South, and particularly Catholic efforts at evangelization among African Americans.  My teaching work is with high school students at Knoxville Catholic High School. 

My dissertation is currently titled, "'You have made no mistake in seeking to save souls among us': Catholic Evangelization among Black Nashvillians, 1894-1909."

Research Interests

Field of Study: 19th century U.S. History

Research Interests: Religion, Race, Social and Cultural History


Doctoral Candidate: The University of Tennessee, 2012
M.A. in United States History: University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2010.
B.A. in History and Secondary Education: Catholic University of America, 1999.

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