Faculty Profile

Nancy L Schultz

Nancy L Schultz

Professional Details

Title: Professor
Office: MH-102B
Phone: 978-542-6105
Email: nancy.schultz@salemstate.edu
Resume: Nancy L Schultz [PDF 189KB]

Professional Biography

Nancy Lusignan Schultz, Ph.D.

Direct campus line: 978-542-6105

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 literature, and American Studies, and she has also done extensive work on the history of Salem, Massachusetts.  

Her pedagogical research examines how students bridge transitions, from high school to the university, and from the university to graduate school, especially in the areas of reading, writing, and critical thinking.

Her administrative interests are in community-building, effective communication, and inspirational leadership.

She earned her B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts and her Ph.D. from Boston College.

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 newest 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 collected poems of Harriet Beecher Stowe. 

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Work and Leadership Experience

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

Editor,  New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) Interim Report, AY2015-2016

Participant,  "Doing Digital Humanities" Faculty Learning Community, 2014-2015

Reviewer, New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), AY2014-2015

Fulbright Mentor, Visiting Iraqi Scholar Program, Salem State University, Summer 2014

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

Faculty Mentor, Center for Research and Creative Activities, AY13-14 and 14-15 

Dean's Fellow, College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office, Salem State University, 2013-2014.  Worked with the Dean of Arts and Sciences on professional development programs for faculty, including a new chair's training series, an initiative to support mid-career faculty, logistics and scheduling of first year seminars, and development of new interdisciplinary graduate programs in the College of Arts and Sciences.

English Department Chairperson, Salem State University, 2007-2013. Managed a department of 30 full time faculty, and 50+ adjuncts.  Nearly doubled enrollment in the major to 300 students, and substantially increased departmental space and resources.

Coordinator of Graduate Studies in English & American Studies, Salem (MA) State College, 1999-2007.  Coordinated M.A. and M.A.T. in English programs, and developed a dual M.A./M.A.T. degree.  More than doubled enrollments in all programs to 100 matriculated students.

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

Honors and Awards

Sabbatical Award, Spring 2017

Outstanding First Year Advocate Award, Salem State University, April 2014

Outstanding Educator Award, Friends of the School of Education, Salem State University, May 2011

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

Fellowships and Grants

Fall 2016 Mini-Grant ($1,000), funded conference travel to Bordeaux, France in July 2017 to attend the Society for the Study of American Women Writers Conference.  University Research Committee, School of Graduate Studies, Salem State University

Summer 2014 Research Grant ($4,000), A Guide to Writing in Graduate School, University Research Committee, School of Graduate Studies, Salem State University

Fall 2012 Mini-Grant ($1,000), funded conference travel to Italy, June 2013, University Research Committee, School of Graduate Studies, Salem State University

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

Radio Guest, "Catholics in America," a production of BackStory with the American History Guys, a program of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, aired nationally on public radio stations, airing the week of September 20, 2015 in conjunction with the visit of Pope Francis to the United States.


Project Scholar, television episode, "The Salem Witch Trials," Church Secrets and Legends, The Travel Channel.  Premiere episode aired on March 16, 2014.


Consultant, New York Public Radio/Studio 360 American Icons broadcast on Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter.

Panelist, National Endowment for the Humanities, August 2007.

Chair of Judges, 2005 Massachusetts Book Awards, non-fiction

for Massachusetts Center for the Book

Project Scholar, documentary film, Spirit of Providence, AIMS productions, 2007

Project Scholar, documentary film, The Green Square Mile: The Story of the Charlestown Irish, filmed November 2005

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


Teaching, research, and administration.  Faculty advisor to Iota Pi Chapter, Phi Sigma Sigma Sorority at Salem State University.

First-year writing teacher of consecutive prize-winners in first year writing  competition: 

2014   Michelle Urh

2015   Eden Lachman-McCartie

2016   Caitlyn Wilkins

AY2015-2016 committees:  All-University Committee, MSCA Executive Committee, Honors Program Advisory Committee, and English Department Strategic Planning Committee

AY2014-2015 committees: Academic Advising Implementation Committee, ACE Internationalization Committee, All-University Committee, Honors Program Advisory Committee, and MSCA Executive Committee. 

Selected Publications


Mastering It: A Guide to Writing in Graduate School, with Patricia Bloem and Elizabeth Kenney.  In progress.

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


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.


"Quakers and Abolition, edited by Brycchan Carey and Geoffrey Plank."   Early American Literature 52.1.  Forthcoming.

"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 


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

"Meet Tara Empson, Rising Young Star in Italian Export Wines," QRW.com, 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, "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 Transatlantic Explorations,"  Society for the Study of American Women Writers, Philadelphia, November 7, 2015

Chair, panel on Wharton, Society for the Study of American Women Writers, Philadelphia, November 7, 2015

Chair, Harriet Beecher Stowe Teaching Roundtable, American Literature Association Annual Meeting, May 21, 2015

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

Presenter, “‘Pressed Flowers from Italy’: Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Italian Poems and the Aesthetic Lures of Catholicism.”  Society of Historians of the Early American Republic Conference, Philadelphia, PA, July 19, 2014



Presenter: Crossing Borders: Appropriations and Collaborations--An International Word & Image Conference.  College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts, June 30, 2016. "Self-Appropriation in Harriet Beecher Stowe's Slavery Poems."

Presenter: Massachusetts Poetry Festival, "The Poetry of Harriet Beecher Stowe,"  May 1, 2016.

Invited Keynote Speaker, "Fictions of Purity:  Puritans, 'Native' Americans, and 'American' Identity." The 2015 Friedman Legacy Day Symposium: "Know-Nothings' Nativism, Catholic Education, and School Choice," sponsored by the Pioneer Institute, the Harvard Kennedy School Program on Education, Policy, and Governance, PACE, and the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, Friday, July 31, 2015

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Invited Speaker, (Charlestown Convent Burning, 1834) Brown Bag Luncheon Series, State Library of Massachusetts, Boston, Massachusetts, May 22, 2014

Guest Lecturer, Women & Gender Studies Capstone Writing Workshop, College of the Holy Cross,  Worcester, Massachusetts, March 18, 2014

Authors'  Panel, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA, October 5, 2013

Crusader Chronicles profile, August 2013



Local and On Campus:

“Clear, Well-Structured Writing.”  School of Graduate Studies Workshop, November 23, 2015

Invited Speaker, with Dane Morrison, "Salem: Place, Myth, and Memory," Friends and Family Weekend, Salem State University, October 4, 2015.

Invited Panelist, "How to Develop a Viable Research Plan," with Avi Chomsky and Joseph Buttner.  Sponsored by the Center for Research and Creative Activities and the School of Graduate Studies, Fall 2015.

Invited Speaker, "Salem's Surprising Connections to Poland."  Salem Explorers Group, Salem, MA, March 12, 2015.  

Invited Presenter, “Issues and Strategies: Support for Graduate Student Writing,” High Tea and Hot Topics, Graduate School Coordinators, School of Graduate Studies, Salem State University, January 12, 2015

Invited Speaker, "Hawthorne's Swampscott Story: "The Village Uncle."  Fish Tales from the Fish House.  Swampscott Yacht Club, July 2, 2014

Presenter, “Mid-Career Faculty,” Pearls and Perils Conference, Salem State University, May 16, 2014

Presenter, "Digital Writing,"  Writing Vertically Conference, Salem State University, May 16, 2014

Presenter, “Mentors and Mentees,” Graduate Research Day, Salem State University, May 2, 2014

Invited Speaker, (Mrs. Mattingly’s Miracle, 1824) Lynn Museum and Historical Society, Lynn, Massachusetts, April 17, 2014

Invited Speaker, (Mrs. Mattingly’s Miracle, 1824) Marblehead Rotary, Boston Yacht Club, Marblehead, Massachusetts, February 27, 2014

Authors’ Forum, Swampscott Public Library, October 23, 2013

"The Burning of the Ursuline Convent," Arlington MA Catholic Women's Club, October 16, 2013

"Burning Questions: The Charlestown Convent Riot," Charlestown MA Historical Society, October 15, 2013.

"Strange Tales of Two Canals: Middlesex Canal and Washington, D.C.,"  Somerville Historical Society, Somerville, MA, October 6, 2013

"Burning Questions: The Charlestown Convent Riot," Ursuline Academy, Dedham, MA, August 27, 2013

Personal Interests


family, travel, boating, fishing

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