Dr. Maria Mazzenga
Aquinas Hall 101
Dr. Maria Mazzenga is Education Archivist at the American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives, where she manages educational programs related to the American Catholic experience. In addition to preparing archives-based educational presentations aimed at both the CUA community and the general public, she manages the American Catholic History Classroom, a website featuring over 150 primary documents and educational materials on topics such as Catholics and race, education, industrialization, politics, and Catholic-Jewish relations.
After receiving her Ph.D. in U.S. History at Catholic University in 2000, Dr. Mazzenga taught at Virginia Commonwealth University, George Mason University, and The Catholic University of America. Her research and publications focus on U.S. society and culture in the 1920-1950 period and, more recently, on American Catholic life, and on Christian-Jewish relations in the 1930s and 40s. Her most recent publication is “Condemning the Nazis’ Kristallnacht: Father Maurice Sheehy, the National Catholic Welfare Conference, and the Dissent of Father Coughlin” (U.S. Catholic Historian, Fall 2008) She is also editor/contributor of a book based on a United States Holocaust Memorial Museum funded workshop, American Religious Responses to Kristallnacht (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009).
Dr. Mazzenga is currently working on books on the Baltimore home front during the Second World War, and on American Catholic responses to the Holocaust.