Nancy Schultz

Professional Details

Title Professor Emeritus
Department English
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Recent and Upcoming Courses

ENL 451 American Romanticism

Professional Biography

Nancy Lusignan Schultz, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus

Nancy Lusignan Schultz joined the faculty of Salem State University in 1983. Her scholarship interrogates the intersection of literature, history, and religion. Schultz's expertise is in the history of U.S. Catholicism,  American Studies, and Harriet Beecher Stowe, and she has also done extensive work on the history of Salem, Massachusetts.  She became professor emeritus in June 2020.

Schultz is the author of the award-winning Fire and Roses: The Burning of the Charlestown Convent, 1834 (Free Press, 2000), and Mrs. Mattingly's Miracle: The Prince, the Widow, and the Cure that Shocked Washington City (Yale UP, 2011 and the reprint edition of 2015). Her most recent book, with Beth L. Lueck and Sirpa Salenius, is Transatlantic Conversations: Nineteenth-Century American Women's Encounters with Italy and the Atlantic World, University of New Hampshire Press (2017).  With Dane Anthony Morrison, she is the co-editor of Salem: Place, Myth, and Memory, now published in a second edition with updated preface  (April 2015).  She is also the editor of Fear Itself: Enemies Real and Imagined in American Culture (Purdue UP 1999) and Veil of Fear: Nineteenth Century Convent Tales by Rebecca Reed and Maria Monk (Purdue UP 1999).  

Currently, she is working on an edition of the complete poems of Harriet Beecher Stowe. 

Work and Leadership Experience

Editor,  New England Commission of Higher Education  (NECHE) Report for Salem State University, AY2020-2021

Acting Chair, Department of English, Salem (MA) State University, Fall 2019

Professor, Department of English, Salem (MA) State University, 1983-present

Visiting Professor, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland, Spring 2018

Invited Participant, Higher Education Resources Services (HERS) Women's Higher Education Leadership Wellesley Institute, Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts, 2013-2014

English Department Chairperson, Salem State University, 2007-2013. 

Coordinator of Graduate Studies in English & American Studies, Salem (MA) State College, 1999-2007.  

Writing Center co-director, Salem State College, 1984-2007

Honors and Awards

Elected to Phi Kappa Phi, Salem State University Chapter, 1999

Fellowships and Grants

AY 2017-2018 Strategic planning Grant, ($7,500) with Rebecca Prescott (Human Resources) and Elizabeth T Kenney (School of Graduate Studies).  Creative Leadership Seminar: Theorizing, Practicing and Transforming Faculty “Service” into Institutional Leadership.

National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, ($40,000) AY 2003-04

Senior Fellow, Center for the Study of World Religions, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, AY 2002-03

University Fellow, Boston College, 1979-1983


Ph.D. English and American Literature, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA 

B.A. cum laude, English and French, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester MA 

Additional study at McGill University in Montreal and University of Paris, Sorbonne in France

World Languages

French, Italian, and German



Professional Interests

Related Experience

Guest Appearance, "Route 1A: Swampscott, Massachusetts,"  Chronicle, Channel 5 TV, aired February 24, 2021.

Project Scholar:  "Faith in a City: Exploring Religion in Somerville, MA."  Exhibition and gallery talk at the Somerville Museum, October 2019-March 2020.  Winner of the American Association of State and Local History Leadership Award, 2020.

Treasurer and Founding Officer, The Stowe Society, 1996-present

Selected Publications


Transatlantic Conversations:  Nineteenth-Century American Women's Encounters with Italy and the Atlantic World (edited collection) with Beth Lueck and Sirpa Salenius. University of New Hampshire Press, 2017.  

Salem: Place, Myth, and Memory.  Co-edited with Dane Morrison, (2nd paperback edition and e-book, with an updated preface), University Press of New England, March 2015; Northeastern UP, Spring 2004.  Winner of National Prize: the 2005 Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History.

Mrs. Mattingly's Miracle: The Prince, the Widow, and the Cure that Shocked Washington City, Yale University Press, Spring 2011.  Paperback edition published in 2014.

Fire & Roses: The Burning of the Charlestown Convent, 1834 (1st paperback edition), Northeastern UP, 2002; Fire & Roses: The Burning of the Charlestown Convent, 1834. Free Press, 2000. Winner of the Lois Rudnick Book Prize from the New England American Studies Association for the best book by a member for 1999 and 2000 and Massachusetts Book Award Honors in Nonfiction.

Veil of Fear: Nineteenth Century Convent Captivity Narratives by Rebecca Reed and Maria Monk. Wrote general introduction for the Notabell Reprint Series, Purdue UP, September 1999.

Fear Itself: Enemies Real and Imagined in American Culture, edited collection and authored introduction, Purdue UP, 1999


With SSU graduate students Melissa Carella and Jennifer Ray:  "'Neither Here Nor There':  Transatlantic Liminality in James Fenimore Cooper's The Autobiography of a Pocket-Handkerchief."  The James Fenimore Cooper Society Journal, Spring/Summer 2022.  Vol. XXXIII, No. 1 (No. 89).  5-28.

“Charlotte Forten Grimké.” WRSP (World Religions and Spirituality, an online, peer-reviewed wiki). 21 June 2021.

"Harriet Beecher Stowe,"  WRSP: World Religions and Spirituality Project. The mission of the WRSP is to provide objective, reliable and comprehensive information about the world’s diverse array of religious and spiritual groups. Published August 13, 2017.

Four entries, including "Prince Alexander Hohenlohe" and "Miraculée,"  for Miracles: An Encyclopedia of People, Places, and Supernatural Events from Antiquity to the Present.  Edited by Patrick J. Hayes. ABC-CLIO, January 2016.


"Women Who Fly: Goddesses, Witches, Mystics, and Other Airborne Females." By Serinity Young. Novo Religio.  November 2019.

"Quakers and Abolition" edited by Brycchan Carey and Geoffrey Plank."   Early American Literature 52.1.  Spring 2017.

"Satan and Salem: The Witch-Hunt Crisis of 1692 by Benjamin C. Ray."  Nova Religio,   Volume 20, No 3, February 2017, 145-147.

'"Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief,'  Film by Alex Gibney."' Journal of American History 2015 102 (3): 972-974 doi: 10.1093/jahist/jav650

Symposium Review, “Paula M. Kane’s Sister Thorn and Catholic Mysticism in Modern America,” with James M. O’Toole and Paula M. Kane, U.S. Catholic Historian, Vol. 32, No. 3, Summer 2014, 127-135.

"Medical Saints: Cosmas and Damian in a Postmodern World  by Jacalyn Duffin." Social History of Medicine, July 2014.  doi: 10.1093/shm/hku056

"Transatlantic Anti-Catholicism: France and the United States in the Nineteenth Century by Timothy Verhoeven."  Journal of Religious History, Volume 37, Issue 4, December 2013, 577–579 


"The Mrs. M Home: How a Local House Mirrored a Nation's History."  01907, Winter 2020, Vol. 5. No. 4. 6-31.

"Uncle Tom's Cabin in Krakow: Cross-Cultural Apprehensions."  Phi Kappa Phi Forum, Spring 2019, 18-34.  Winner of the 2020 Excel Awards Extra Prize: "Best of the Best"  from Association Media Publishing.

"Literary Legacies: Recovering the Poetry of Harriet Beecher Stowe."  July 2016.  Mass Poetry.

"Meet Tara Empson, Rising Young Star in Italian Export Wines,", September 2013

"Giving Up Full Custody,"  Manage Your Career, Chronicle of Higher Education, September 23, 2013

"Serendipity in the Archive," Chronicle Review, Chronicle of Higher Education, May 23, 2011

Selected Presentations


Presenter, ‘“Birds of a Feather?’ Transatlantic Correlations between Scottish Writer Catherine Crowe’s The Juvenile Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin Poems,” Transatlantic Women Writers III: Women of The Green Atlantic, Dublin, Ireland, June 2018.

Presenter, "Harriet Beecher Stowe's Poetic Border Crossings: Texts, Genres, and Translations,"  Society for the Study of American Women Writers, Bordeaux, France, July 2017.

Presenter, "Harriet Beecher Stowe's Slavery Poems,"  British Association for American Studies and Irish Association for American Studies Joint Conference, Belfast, Ireland, April 7-9, 2016.

Invited Conference Keynote Speaker, “Ties and Knots. Bridge(s) between Cultures and Lands,” University of Silesia, Poland, September 2014

“’In a Trance of Dreamy Vagueness’: Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Italian Poems and the Aesthetic Lures of Catholicism.”  Transatlantic Women Writers II Conference, Florence, Italy, June 6-9, 2013


Presenter: “Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Slavery Poems,” Society for the Study of American Women Writers, Denver, Colorado, November 2018.

Invited Symposium Participant,  “Religion in the Early Republic,”  Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History, Washington, D.C., March 20, 2015



Personal Interests


family, travel, boating, fishing