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William S. Cossen

William S. Cossen

Ph.D. Candidate

Mailing Address: 108 Weaver Building

University Park , PA 16802


  1. PhD, History, Pennsylvania State University, in progress
  2. MA (with honors), History, Pennsylvania State University, 2012
  3. BA, History and Political Science, Emory University, 2008


I am a doctoral candidate in the Department of History and a member of the George and Ann Richards Civil War Era Center, studying under the direction of Dr. Philip Jenkins and Dr. Amy S. Greenberg. My research focuses mainly on nineteenth- and twentieth-century U.S. Catholicism. I have particular interests in the history of anti-Catholicism and the Catholic response, Catholic-Protestant interactions, religion and U.S. imperialism, immigration, nineteenth-century convent tales, religion and the labor movement, Catholic social teaching, honor and violence in the Old South, religion and gender, and post-Vatican II ecumenical and lay movements. I also serve as the editorial assistant for The Journal of the Civil War Era.