[[meoxford]] Current Research:
American Religion; Atlantic world; Catholicism in the Americas
Mitch Oxford has broad interest in the history of American religion, and his research focuses on Roman Catholicism in the United States. His dissertation, "The French Revolution and the Making of an American Catholicism, 1789-1870," argues for the centrality of the French Revolution to the American Catholic Church's institutional and intellectual development across the "long" nineteenth century, as Catholics grew from a tiny mistrusted minority to the county's largest Christian denomination. Oxford's work has appeared in Early American Studies, U.S. Catholic Historian, and American Catholic Studies, and won the American Catholic Historical Association's John Tracy Ellis Dissertation Award in 2020.