His research focuses on the development of religious institutions and class dynamics within American religious life.
Thomas Rzeznik specializes in American religious history, with a particular interest in the history of the Catholic community and the development of Catholic institutions in the United States. His courses are regularly cross-listed with the Catholic Studies Program at Seton Hall. He also enjoys teaching classes on the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, urban history, and environmental history.
He is currently preparing a book based on his dissertation, Spiritual Capital: Religion, Wealth, and Social Status in Industrial Era Philadelphia, which examines church responses to affluence and explores the influence wealthy individuals had within their local churches and broader denominations.
- Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, 2006
- M.A., University of Notre Dame, 2003
- B.A., Fordham University, 2000
- Finalist, Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Lilly Fellows Program in the Humanities and the Arts, Valparaiso University, 2006.
- Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Foundation, three-year, full-tuition fellowship with stipend, 2003-2006.
- Haverford College Quaker Collections, Gest Research Fellowship, July 2004.