Joseph Stuart, PhD

Chair of History


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. Stuart’s PhD in modern intellectual history is from the University of Edinburgh. He also holds a MLitt 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 has taught on the historian’s craft, the Great War, the eighteenth century, historiography, political religion, the history of science and medicine, responsible citizenship, general land surveying, Western civilization in world history, and Catholicism and the modern world. 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,” which was funded by grants from the University of Mary and Humanities North Dakota. He is married to Barbara and together they have three children.

Books/Book Chapters

The Church and the Reformation (Ave Maria, 2021)

Christopher Dawson: A Cultural Mind in the Age of the Great War (Catholic University of America Press, 2021)

Rethinking the Enlightenment: Faith in the Age of Reason (Sophia, 2020) 

North Dakota Voices of the Great War (University of Mary, 2020)

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.

Peer-reviewed Articles/Essays

What Happened to Skilled Labor?” 360 Review 2, no. 2 (Winter/Spring 2020): 6-17.

The War to Start all Wars: The Great War & Its 100-Year Legacy,” 360 Review 2, no. 1 (Summer/Fall 2019): 22-29. 

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

Magna Carta and Christian Culture,” voegelinview, (posted August 20, 2018)

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

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.

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

Joseph T. Stuart interviewed on November 3, 2020, Rethinking the Enlightenment:Faith in the Age of Reason on Word on Fire:

Joseph T. Stuart interviewed on October 20, 2020, Was the Enlightenment all Bad?: (click the “Was the Enlightenment all Bad?” tab).

Joseph T. Stuart interviewed on October 14, 2020, about Catholicism and “positive secularity” in the eighteenth century: (skip to 2:10).

Joseph T. Stuart interviewed about his first book Rethinking the Enlightenment: Faith in the Age of Reason on Real Presence Radio, September 11, 2020: (skip to 6:00).

Joseph T. Stuart interviewed on August 18, 2020, by Doug Hamilton for Prairie Public’s Main Street show about the original play Stuart co-produced with Daniel Bielinski called North Dakota Voices of the Great War: (skip to 26:30).