Dr. Margaret Susan Thompson is a professor of history at Syracuse University, where she also holds appointments in the departments of religion, political science, and women & gender studies and is also a Senior Research Associate at Campbell Public Affairs Institute. She has an AB from Smith College, and an MA and PhD in History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has written and spoken extensively on the history of women’s religious life in the United States. Her research has taken her to the archives of over 60 congregations across the U.S. Dr. Thompson is also an expert on presidential and legislative history, and a former American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow. Her upcoming book, The Yoke of Grace: American Nuns and Social Change, 1809-1917 will be published by Oxford University Press.