Curriculum Vitae

A brief version of John McGreevy’s curriculum vitae appears below.

Current Position

I.A. O’Shaughnessy Dean of the College of Arts and Letters
and Professor of History
University of Notre Dame

Previous Academic Positions

(2002- 2008) Chair, Department of History, University of Notre Dame

(1999-2004) John A. O’Brien Associate Professor of History, University of Notre Dame

(1997-1999) Associate Professor of History, University of Notre Dame

(1996-1997) Dunwalke Associate Professor of American History and Associate Professor of History and Literature, Harvard University

(1993-1996) Assistant Professor of History and History and Literature, Harvard University

(1992-1993) Lilly Postdoctoral Fellow in Humanities and the Arts at Valparaiso University


Stanford University, Ph.D. in History, 1992
Oral examination passed with distinction, 1988

Stanford University, A.M. in History, 1987

University of Notre Dame, B.A. in History, 1986, Magna cum Laude
Departmental writing prizes as a junior and senior, Phi Beta Kappa


American Jesuits and the World: How an Embattled Religious Order Made Modern Catholicism Global, (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2016).

Catholicism and American Freedom: A History (New York: W.W. Norton, 2003; pbk. 2004). Subject of roundtables in U.S. Catholic Historian, 21 (Fall, 2003), 87-106; Historically Speaking 6 (August-September 2004), 25-36. Historically Speaking forum reprinted in Recent Themes in American Religious History, Randall Stephens, ed. (Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2009), 48-66. A short excerpt from chapter four is reprinted in Leslie Griffin, Law and Religion: Cases and Materials, (Foundation Press, 2007), 315-316. An Italian translation of materials from chapter three and four is in Le Relazione Tra Stati Uniti E Italia Nel Periodo Di Roma Capitale, Daniele Fiorentino and Matteo Sanfilippo eds. (Rome: Centro Studi Americani, 2009), 97-109.

Parish Boundaries: The Catholic Encounter with Race in the Twentieth Century Urban North (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1996; pbk. 1998). Awarded 1996 John Gilmary Shea Prize for best book on Catholic history from the American Catholic Historical Association.

Recent Articles

“Freedom, Faith Fear: A South Dakota Story,” in Making the American Century: Studies in 20th Century Culture, Politics, and Economy, Bruce J. Schulman ed. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2014), 251-266.

Introductory essay for Catholicism in the American Century, R. Scott Appleby and Kathleen Cummings, eds. (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2013), 2-9.

“Religious History,” in The New American History, Eric Foner and Lisa McGirr, eds. (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2014).

Preface to Florian Michel,_ La Pensée Catholique en Amérique du Nord: Réseaux Intellectuals et Échanges Culturels Entre l’Europe, le Canada et les États-Unis_ (années 1920-1960) (Paris: Desclée de Brouwer, 2010), 5-9.

“Between Long History and Biography,” Forum on Thomas J. Sugrue,_ Sweet Land of Liberty: The Forgotten Struggle for Civil Rights in the North_, Labor 7 (Spring 2010), 31-36.

“Catholics, History and Conscience,” Forum on Martha C. Nussbaum, Liberty of Conscience: In Defense of America’s Tradition of Religious Equality, Villanova Law Review 54 (2009), 609-612.

“Shifting Allegiances: Catholics, Democrats and the G.O.P.,” Commonweal (September 22, 2006), 14-19. Revised version in American Quarterly, 59 (September 2007), 669-681. Revised version reprinted in Religion and Politics in the Contemporary United States, R. Marie Griffith and Melanie McAlister, eds. (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008).

“Romney Must Talk the Walk,” Chicago Tribune (December 6, 2007), Section 1, p. 31.

“Catholic Enough?” Commonweal (September 28, 2007), 7-8.

“Anti-Catholicism and American Liberalism: A Short History,” in Catholicism as Decadence, Chiara Continiso and Marcello Fantoni, eds. (Firenze, 2007), 13-39.

“Catholicism and Abolitionism: An Historical (and Theological) Problem,” in Figures in the Carpet: Finding the Human Person in the American Past, Wilfred M. McClay, ed. (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2007), 405-427.

With Christopher Hamlin, “The Greening of America, Catholic Style, 1930-1950,” Environmental History 11 (July 2006), 464-499.

“Catholics, Catholicism and the Humanities since World War II,” in The Humanities and the Dynamics of Inclusion since World War II, David Hollinger, ed. (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University, 2006), 189-216.

“Central America,” New Republic 232 (April 18, 2005), 20-21.

Professional Service

  • Delegate to the American Council of Learned Societies Academic Research Group (2012–present)
  • One of three members of Pulitzer Prize Committee in American History (2010)
  • Board member, Danforth Institute on Religion and Politics, Washington University (2009–present)
  • Board member, Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies, University of Southern California (2007–2012)
  • Board member, Commonweal magazine (2012–present)
  • Manuscript reviewer or recommender for MacArthur Foundation, Journal of American History, Journal of the Early Republic, Church History, Catholic Historical Review, Johns Hopkins University Press, Cornell University Press, University of Chicago Press, University of Massachusetts Press, Harvard University Press, University of California Press, University of Notre Dame Press, University of Michigan Press, Yale University Press
  • Judge for full professor applications for American Council of Learned Societies, 2005-2007
  • Editorial Board, Religion and American Culture, 2004-present
  • Editorial Board, Historical Reflections, 2003-present
  • John Tracy Ellis prize committee, American Catholic Historical Association, 2003-2005
  • Fellowship Committee, Pew Program in American Religion, Yale University, 1998

Recent Courses

  • History 116 – U.S. From 1865-Present
  • History 13184 – U.S. in the World
  • History 180 – American Nationalism
  • History 352 – U.S. From 1877-1929
  • History 385 – American Political Traditions
  • History 494 – Honors Methodology
  • History 507 – Graduate Colloquium, U.S. in the 20th Century
  • AL 211 – Arts and Letters Core Course in Humanities

Recent Fellowships and Awards

  • Advisory Council for the Lincoln Prize, Gettysburg College, 2004-present
  • Distinguished Lecturer, Organization of American Historians, 2004-present

Administrative Experience

  • I.A. O’Shaughnessy Dean of the College of Arts and Letters, 2008-present
  • Strategic Academic Planning Committee, 2007-2008
  • Elected to three-year term as Arts and Letters representative to the University of Notre Dame Board of Trustees, 2004-2007
  • Provost’s Task Force on the University Libraries, 2004-2005; Chair, Humanities subgroup
  • Committee on College Seminar and Core, 2003-2004
  • Steering Committee, Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism, 2002-present
  • Editorial Board, University of Notre Dame Press, 2002-present
  • Executive Board, Institute for Church Life, 2001-2004
  • Chair, Department of History, 2002-2008