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About Nancy Lusignan Schultz

Nancy Lusignan Schultz joined the faculty of Salem State University in 1983. Her scholarship interrogates the intersection of literature, history, and religion. Schultz's expertise is in the history of U.S. Catholicism,  American literature, and American Studies, and she has also done extensive work on the history of Salem, Massachusetts.  
Her pedagogical research examines how students bridge transitions, from high school to the university, and from the university to graduate school, especially in the areas of reading, writing, and critical thinking.
Her administrative interests are in community-building, effective communication, and inspirational leadership.
She earned her B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts and her Ph.D. from Boston College.
Schultz is the author of the award-winning Fire and Roses: The Burning of the Charlestown Convent, 1834 (Free Press, 2000), and Mrs. Mattingly's Miracle: The Prince, the Widow, and the Cure that Shocked Washington City (Yale UP, 2011 and the reprint edition of 2015). Her newest book, with Beth L. Lueck and Sirpa Salenius, is Transatlantic Conversations: Nineteenth-Century American Women's Encounters with Italy and the Atlantic World, University of New Hampshire Press (2017).  With Dane Anthony Morrison, she is the co-editor of Salem: Place, Myth, and Memory, now published in a second edition with updated preface  (April 2015).  She is also the editor of Fear Itself: Enemies Real and Imagined in American Culture (Purdue UP 1999) and Veil of Fear: Nineteenth Century Convent Tales by Rebecca Reed and Maria Monk (Purdue UP 1999).  
Currently, she is working on an edition of the collected poems of Harriet Beecher Stowe.


1983 - Present Faculty Member, Salem State University English
2018 Visiting Professor, Jagiellonian University, Poland
2013 - 2014 Dean's Fellow, Salem State University College of Arts and Sciences
2007 - 2013 English Department Chairperson, Salem State University College of Arts and Sciences
1999 - 2007 Coordinator of Graduate Studies in English & American Studies, Salem State University School of Graduate Studies
1984 - 1999 Co-Director, Salem State University Mary G. Walsh Writing Center

Curriculum Vitae


2017 - 2018 Strategic Planning Grant
Salem State University
Colleague(s): Rebecca Prescott
2017 Mini-Grant
University Research Committee, School of Graduate Studies, Salem State University
2016 Mini-Grant
University Research Committee, School of Graduate Studies, Salem State University
2014 Research Grant
University Research Committee, School of Graduate Studies, Salem State University
2003 - 2004 Fellowship
National Endowment for the Humanities
2002 - 2003 Senior Fellow
Center for the Study of World Religions, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
1979 - 1983 University Fellow
Boston College
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Professional Service and Affiliations

Present Treasurer and Founding Officer, The Stowe Society
2015 - 2016 Editor, New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) Interim Report
2014 - 2015 Participant, "Doing Digital Humanities" Faculty Learning Community, Salem State University
2014 - 2015 Reviewer, New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)
2013 - 2015 Faculty Mentor, Center for Research and Creative Activities, Salem State University
2013 - 2014 Dean's Fellow, College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office, Salem State University
2013 - 2014 Invited Participant, Higher Education Resources Services (HERS) Women's Higher Education Leadership, Wellesley Institute
2014 Fulbright Mentor, Visiting Iraqi Scholar Program, Salem State University
Member, American Studies Association
Member, Modern Language Association
Member, New England Historic Genealogical Society
Member, Phi Kappa Phi
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Honors and Awards

  • Sabbatical Award, Spring 2017
  • Outstanding First Year Advocate Award, Salem State University, April 2014
  • Outstanding Educator Award, Friends of the School of Education, Salem State University, May 2011
  • Elected to Phi Kappa Phi, Salem State University Chapter, 1999
  • EXTRA! Award from Association Media & Publishing, 2020


1984 PhD, Boston College ‐ English and American Literature
1978 BA, College of the Holy Cross ‐ English and French

Recent Work (4)

Books (6)

Book Chapters (2)

Guest Appearances (4)

Presentations (2)

Book Reviews (11)