Fr. Tom Blantz, C.S.C.


Professor of History, Emeritus

Graduate Program Field

United States History


Diplomatic; Political; United States


A.B., University of Notre Dame, 1957
S.T.B., Gregorian University (Rome), 1959
S.T.L., Gregorian University, 1961
M.A., University of Notre Dame, 1963
Ph.D. Columbia University. 1968.

Research and Teaching Interests

My chief teaching and research interests are in twentieth century United States political, diplomatic, and religious history. Most of my publications have been in the field of twentieth century American Catholicism, major biographical studies of Rev. Francis J. Haas, government labor mediator under President Franklin Roosevelt in the 1930's and later bishop of Grand Rapids, Michigan; George N. Shuster, Catholic writer and apologist and president of Hunter College in New York from 1940 to 1960; and shorter studies for various biographical dictionaries and encyclopedias.


Most recently, I was given the James E. Armstrong Award in 1997 for distinguished service to the University of Notre Dame, a John A. Kaneb Award in 2001 for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching at the University of Notre Dame, and a Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., award in 2010 similarly for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. My most recent publication has been "James G. Blaine, His Family, and 'Romanism'" in The Catholic Historical Review of October 2008. A recent research interest had been the history of the University of Notre Dame.

Contact Information


Mailing address:
219 O'Shaughnessy Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556