Scholarly Publications

The author of three books, John McGreevy has also written numerous articles, chapters, review essays, and opinion pieces.


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.

Other Recent Publications

“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).

“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 II (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.