Research Projects

North Atlantic Catholic Communities in Rome, 1622-1939

The Charles and Margaret Hall Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism is widely recognized as the leading center for the historical study of Roman Catholicism in the United States. The new project carried out by the Cushwa Center at the Rome Global Gateway is entitled "North Atlantic Catholic Communities in Rome, 1622-1939". This project is supervised by Professor Kathleen Sprows Cumming, Cushwa director, and by Professor Luca Codignola, Senior Fellow at the Cushwa, with the cooperation of Dr. Matteo Binasco, postdoctoral fellow at the Cushwa. Its key aim is to study and assess any aspect of the Catholic communities originating from England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, English- and French-speaking Canada, and the United States who established in the Eternal City from 1622 to 1939. Fuller information on this project can be found at the Cushwa's website -, and by sending a message to

Devers Program in Dante Studies

The William & Katherine Devers Program in Dante Studies at the University of Notre Dame supports rare book acquisitions in the John A. Zahm, C.S.C., Dante Collection, as well as teaching and research about Dante across the Arts & Letters curriculum, in particular in the Medieval and Italian Studies areas, through the sponsorship of conferences, fellowships, lecture series, seminars, and visiting professorships. At the RGG, the Program funds a three-year research project conducted by Dr. Luca Lombardo on Florentine Vernacular Culture.

Sources on the Patriarchate of Constantinople in the Vatican Archives (Byzantine Studies and the Medieval Institute)

Through this program, advanced graduate students will have the opportunity to participate in a research project that is based on Byzantine manuscripts from the Vatican archives and is oriented toward the investigation of paleographical and codicological issues and problems of critical textual editing. Two graduate students will assist Professor Alexander Beihammer in his project and will stay at the RGG for six months.

Knowledge and Social Network Analysis (College of Engineering)

This research project involves the collaboration of the Data Science Group at the University of Notre Dame (ND-DSG) and two of faculty members in the Computer Science and Automation Department at the University of Roma Tre. The key application of the research is to identify how humans generate, curate and search for information in the pursuit of knowledge. To that end, the project will develop tools and algorithms that collect, analyze and model large amounts of data. The team will work to answer to two main questions:

1. Can we use an incomplete knowledge graph to rate the truthfulness of a claim?
2. What affect does social media have on human beliefs and behavior?

In order to develop such project two Notre Dame PhD students under the supervision of Prof. Tim Weninger, will come to Rome for seven total months during 2016. For further information please visit the following link.