Elisabeth C. Davis
Visiting Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University at Buffalo
Fields: American History, Women’s History, Early Modern History
I study the relationship between religion, culture, and gender in the nineteenth-century. (Ok, I study nuns). I am particularly interested in the role of gender on the institutional development of the nineteenth-century American Catholic Church. My current research focuses on the role of Catholicism, particularly Catholic women religious, at the Indigenous Boarding Schools at the turn of the twentieth century.
- ““Any Violation of This Arrangement:” Catholic Negotiations at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School, 1883-1918), Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies (accepted; excepted publication Summer 2023)
- ““Back Under the Jurisdiction of the Rev. Provincial:” The Dominican Sisters and the Limitations of Female Agency in the Nineteenth Century Catholic Church in the Midwest, Ohio History, (accepted; expected publication Spring 2023)
- “‘To keep the Catholics intact’: The Catholic Experience at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School, 1883-1918.”S. Catholic Historian (Fall 2022): 1-20.
- ““It Was About Time for Our Children to Learn How to Read”: Ruby Duncan, Operation Life, and the West Las Vegas Library,” Libraries: Culture, History, and Society 6 2 (Fall 2022); DOI:
- “A Softness, Slyness and Low Cunning of the Mulatto”: Mother Theresa Maxis Duchemin, Gender, and the Schism of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies 89 2 (April 2022): 249–272.
- “ ‘A Promise of Obedience’: The Oblates of Providence and the Catholic Hierarchy,” S. Catholic Historian 38 1 (Winter 2020): 93-112.
- “The Disappearance of Mother Agnes Spencer: The Centralization Controversy and the Antebellum Catholic Church,” American Catholic Studies 130 2 (Summer 2019): 31-52.
- Nesset, V., Davis, E., Stewart-Robinson, O., & Bible, B. (2021) “Bonded Design in the Virtual Environment: The Transition of a Participatory Design Methodology.” Journal of Documentation. Online publication.
- “Renaissance and Reformation-era Europe: Religious Life: Religious.” In Daily Life of Women: An Encyclopedia from Ancient Times to the Present. Volume 2. Edited by Colleen Kelley Boyett, H. Micheal Tarver, and Mildred Diane Gleason, 487-489. Santa Barbara: Greenwood, 2020.
“Uncovering the Convent,” Nursing Clio, July 17, 2019,
Research Grants and Fellowships
- Mother Theodore Guerin Research Travel Grant, CUSHWA Center for the Study of American Catholicism, Notre Dame University, 2022
- John Tracy Ellis Dissertation Award, American Catholic Historical Association, 2018
|Mailing Address||241 Glenbrook Rd., U-4103, Storrs CT 06269|
|Office Location||Wood Hall, Rm 306|
|Office Hours||Fall 2022: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 10-11 am|
|Courses||HIST 3502W: Colonial America - Native Americans, Slaves & Settlers, 1492-1760; HIST 3561: History of Women & Gender in the US to 1850|