Thomas Kselman


Professor, Emeritus

Graduate Program Field

European History


Modern Europe; Religious; Social


B.A., St. Joseph's College, Philadelphia, 1970
Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1979

Research and Teaching Interests

Modern France; European religious history, 1700 - present; 19th century Europe


I am currently writing a book on the history of religious liberty in France in the aftermath of the French Revolution.

(Co-editor, with Joe Buttigieg) Christian Democracy: Historical Legacies and Comparative Perspectives. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2003
Death and the Afterlife in Modern France. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1993.
(Editor) Belief in History: Innovative Approaches to European and American Religion. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 1991.
Miracles and Prophecies in Nineteenth-Century France New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 1983.

Recent Articles:
"The Swetchine Circle: Russian Orthodoxy and Roman Catholicism in Nineteenth-Century Paris." Forthcoming in Migrations, Christianity and Identity Construction in Modern Europe (Leuven: University of Leuven Press, forthcoming).
(Mark Noll, co-author), "Les tendances récentes de l'historiographie religieuse aux Etats-Unis." Forthcoming in L'Historiographie religieuse contemporaine, Jean-Dominique Durand, ed. (Paris: Desclée de Brouwer, forthcoming).
"Catholic Connections, Jewish Relations, French Religion." In Why France. Edited by Stephane Gerson and Laura Lee Downs. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2007,
pp. 111-122. This essay has also appeared in French in: Pourquoi la France? Des historiens américains racontent leur passion pour l'Hexagone (Paris: Seuil, 2007).
"The Bautain Circle and Catholic-Jewish Relations in Modern France." The Catholic Historical Review 92 (2006): 177-196.

Contact Information

Office: 455 Decio
Phone: (574) 631-7330

Mailing Address:
Department of History
219 O'Shaughnessy Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556