Susanna De Stradis received her PhD in History from the University of Notre Dame. After earning a B.A., an M.A., and a Licenza from the Scuola Normale Superiore and the University of Pisa, Italy, she moved to the U.S. to further specialize in twentieth-century religion, especially American Catholicism and its cultural and institutional relationship with Rome. Her dissertation, “Making Religion Safe for Democracy: The Catholic Argument for the ‘Nation Under God’ (1939-1965),” investigated the U.S. Catholic reflection on religious freedom and church-state relations in a period characterized by constitutional change and lively debate on the place of religion and religious actors in democratic regimes on both sides of the Atlantic. In 2020-2021, Susanna was a Religion, Spirituality, and Democratic Renewal Fellow with the Social Science Research Council.
She will return to Mississippi State for the 2023-24 academic year.