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Peter D'Agostino

Born: 1962
Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Peter R. D'Agostino was associate professor of history and Catholic studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago, from 2001 until his death in 2005. He was awarded tenure in 2004.

Biography: DíAgostino was a path-breaking historian whose research and writing focused on the development of the Catholic Church in America, colleagues said. His book, ''Rome in America'' was awarded the Frank S. and Elizabeth D. Brewer Prize by the American Society of Church History in 2003 and was a widely praised work that challenged past interpretations and broke new ground. ''The Chicago Tribune'' described the book as a 'well regarded and expansive history of Catholicism in America.' ''Commonweal'' magazine called it a 'book of landmark significance' and described DíAgostino as 'an intellectually courageous historian.'He grew up the youngest of five children in Staten Island, N.Y. He received his bachelorís degree in religious studies at Brown University in Providence, R.I. In 1987, he earned a masterís degree in religion at the University of Chicago and he received his Ph.D. in the history of Christianity from the University of Chicago in 1993.DíAgostino spent a year in Rome immersed in the Vatican archives doing research for his dissertation. He so loved his work that he taught himself archaic forms of Italian so he could read the old documents. His book argued that the Vaticanís influence on the developing Catholic church in America was greater than most previous historians had believed. His research and writing focused on the development of the Catholic Church in America. His work linked Church history with the history of immigration, especially the history of Italian-Americans.He also enjoyed playing bluegrass violin and mandolin.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Non-Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers

Peter D'Agostino on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

Rome in America :
ISBN: 0807828424 OCLC: 57707254

University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill : ©2004.

For years, historians have argued that Catholicism in the United States stood decisively apart from papal politics in European society. Drawing on previously unexamined documents from Italian state collections and newly opened Vatican archives, Peter D'Agostino paints a starkly different portrait.