Margaret  Abruzzo

Margaret Abruzzo

Associate Professor


  • PhD, University of Notre Dame, 2005


Research Interests

  • American intellectual, cultural, and religious history
  • Changing conceptions of sin, wrongdoing, and moral responsibility
  • American slavery debate
  • The history of morality and humanitarianism

Current Projects

  • I am working on a book on changing conceptions of sin, wrongdoing, and moral responsibility in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Anglo-American moral thought.
  • “The Sins of Slaves and the Slaves of Sin: Toward a History of Moral Agency” for The Worlds of American Intellectual History.

Courses Taught

  • American Civilization before 1865 (HY 103)
  • Honors American Civilization before 1865 (HY 105)
  • American Thought and Culture before 1860
  • American Thought and Culture since 1860
  • American Religious History before 1870
  • Morality and Social Change
  • Slavery, Freedom, and Authority
  • Undergraduate Writing Seminar
  • Literature of American History to 1865 (graduate)

Awards and Honors

  • Fellowship, National Endowment for the Humanities (2014-2015)
  • Distinguished Fellow of the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study (Spring 2015)
  • Summer Stipend, National Endowment for the Humanities (2013)
  • Frederick A. and Marion S. Pottle Fellowship in 18th-Century British Studies, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University (2013)
  • J. Carlyle Sitterson Visiting Scholar Grant, Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2013)
  • Lapides Fellowship in Pre-1865 Juvenile Literature and Ephemera, American Antiquarian Society (2013)
  • Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship, Library Company of Philadelphia and Historical Society of Pennsylvania (2013)
  • Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism Research Travel Grant, University of Notre Dame (2013)
  • Research Grants Committee Award, University of Alabama (2011)
  • John Highbarger Memorial Prize for an Exceptional Ph.D. Dissertation in History, University of Notre Dame (2006)
  • Edward F. Sorin Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Notre Dame (2005-2006)
  • Charlotte W. Newcombe Dissertation Fellowship, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation (2004-2005)

Selected Publications