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Thomas Rzeznik, Ph.D.

Thomas Rzeznik, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of History


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

Academic Distinctions

  • 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.

Office Phone
(973) 275-2204


Office Location
Room 333
Fahy Hall


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