Joseph Stuart, PhD

Dr. Joseph Stuart serves as Program Chair of History and as a Fellow of Catholic Studies. Arriving at the University of Mary in 2010, he helped launch both the History and the Catholic Studies programs.

Dr. Stuart’s Ph.D. in modern intellectual history is from the University of Edinburgh. He also holds a M.litt degree in modern history from the University of St. Andrews, a bachelor of arts degree in Humanities and Catholic Culture from the Franciscan University of Steubenville, and an associate’s degree in land surveying technology from Ferris State University. He teaches classes at the University of Mary on diverse subjects including the Great War, the eighteenth century, historiography, political religion, the history of science and medicine, responsible citizenship, general land surveying, and Catholicism and the modern world. Dr. Stuart served as a North Dakota Department of Public Instruction Social Studies Content Professional Standards Development Committee member in 2018-2019.

His scholarly interests concern the relation between religion and culture in modern history. Inspired by the work of the English cultural historian Christopher Dawson, he studies the ways Christians interacted with the Enlightenment in the eighteenth century and how the cultural history of the Great War (1914-1918) illuminates the workings of political religion in the early twentieth century. He co-produced an original theatrical production to mark the one-hundredth anniversary of the end of the Great War in 2018, called “North Dakota Voices from the Great War” and funded by grants from the University of Mary and Humanities North Dakota.

Dr. Stuart has also worked in onion farming and land surveying. He is married to Barbara and together they have two daughters, Ann Marie and Rose.

Selected Publications

"North Dakota Voices from the Great War” interview with Samuel Zezeus and Ashlyn George

unThinking the Enlightenment: Faith in the Age of Reason, book contract with Sophia Institute Press (2020)

“North Dakota and the Cultural History of the Great War,” North Dakota History 83, no. 2 (Winter 2018): 3-17.

“Christopher Dawson and Political Religion,” The Political Science Reviewer 41, no. 2 (December 2017): 303-334.

“Catholic Studies and the Science of Culture,” in Renewal of Catholic Higher Education: Essays on Catholic Studies in Honor of Don J. Briel, ed. by Matthew T. Gerlach (Bismarck: University of Mary Press, 2017): 182-199.

“Command & (Losing) Control: Nuclear Weapons & the Always-Never Dilemma,” 360 Review, 1, no. 3 (Spring/Summer 2017): 114-123. 

“At the Heart of the World: Reflections on Mandan History & Culture,” 360 Review, 1, no. 3 (Spring/Summer 2017): 6-15.  

“Bourgeois or Baroque?” The Defendant: Newsletter of the Australian Chesterton Society, 24, no. 1 (Summer 2017): 6-7. Also published at vogelinview, (posted September 28, 2017).

Holy Oil,” 360 Review, 1, no. 1 (Fall 2015): 88-97. Co-authored with Professor James Gaston.

“Christopher Dawson and Political Religion,” The Political Science Reviewer 40, no. 1 (2015): 144-167.

“From Gaudium et Spes to the New Evangelization,” The Newman Rambler 11, no. 1 (Winter 2014): 13-18. (Watch recorded presentation)

"Home and School in American Catholic Life," Homiletic and Pastoral Review, (posted July 10, 2014).

Dignitatis Humanae and the New Evangelization,” The Newman Rambler 10, no. 1 (Fall 2013): 6-14. (Watch recorded presentation)

“Yorkshire Days in Edwardian England: E. I. Watkin’s Diary and his Friendship with Christopher Dawson,” introduction and notes by Joseph T. Stuart, Yorkshire Archaeological Journal LXXXIV (2012): 205-223.

“Christopher Dawson and the Idea of Progress,” Logos 14 (Fall 2011): 74-91.

Progresso & Religião: Uma Investigação Histórica, by Christopher Dawson, trans. by Fabio Faria, introduction by Joseph T. Stuart (São Paulo: Realizações 2010).

“The Question of Human Progress in Britain after the Great War,” Britain and the World 1 (September 2008): 53-78.