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Professor of Theological Studies
Saint Louis University
I am a historian of early modern Christianity, with a particular emphasis on the history of Catholicism in seventeenth-century France and New France. After completing a dissertation on the making of the shrine of Sainte-Anne-du-Petit-Cap (now Beaupré) in colonial Québec, I turned my attentions to Marie de l’Incarnation, seventeenth-century mystic and founder of the Ursuline order in New France. My current research examines the relationship between Marie de l’Incarnation and Claude Martin, her only son whom she abandoned when he was just eleven years old to enter religious life, and, more broadly, the place of motherhood in the Christian tradition.
Since coming to SLU in August, 2008 I have worked to develop curriculum focused on women in the Christian tradition. I take pleasure in inviting both undergraduates and graduates into the conversation on women in the Church and in encouraging my students to think seriously about issues of theory and method in the study of religion and theology.
In addition to my work at SLU, I am also mother to three delightful sons, Bobby (4), Frankie (2), and Johnny (2 months) and am enjoying being back in my native St. Louis with my husband, Bobby.