Monica L. Mercado

Monica L. Mercado

Visiting Assistant Professor of Women's Studies and North American Religions 2019–20
WSRP Research Associate 2019–20
Monica Mercado, 2019-20 WSRP Research Associate

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Colgate University

Research project

The Young Catholic: Girlhood and the Making of American Catholicism, 1836-1911

Using print, visual, and material culture sources this project focuses on the formation of nineteenth-century U.S. Catholic cultural identities. It argues for the special role of young women as makers of class and status. Formed in religious institutions, their futures were expected to shape the Roman Catholic Church in America.


Monica Mercado is an Assistant Professor of History at Colgate University. Her research centers on questions of women and religion in nineteenth- and twentieth-century North America (with a particular focus on American Catholicism), and the role of women’s, gender, and sexuality studies in developing campus histories and public history sites and curricula.


HDS 2029: Women and Gender in U.S. Catholicism (Fall 2019)


Girlhood and the Making of American Catholicism
February 20, 2020

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