This bio is current as of 2020.
Emily Normand is a recent graduate from the University of Notre Dame and holds a BA from the Program of Liberal Studies. Normand is currently working as an English language teaching assistant through the Meddeas Fellowship in Teruel, Spain. She has extensive research and international experience. During her undergraduate years, she was a Kellogg International Scholar, a Rome International Scholar, a deNicola Center for Ethics and Culture Sorin Fellow, and a College of Arts and Letters Dean’s Fellow. She has been awarded a Kellogg Experiencing the World Fellowship (2018) for Santiago, Chile, Summer Language Abroad Grant from the Center for the Study of Languages and Culture (2017) for Cusco, Peru, Kellogg Conference Grant (2017) for New York, New York, deNicola Center for Ethics and Culture Conference Grant (2018) for Rome, Italy, and awards from the Jewish Studies Fund in Theology, the deNicola Center for Ethics and Culture, and the Nanovic Institute (2018) for Poland. Normand is proficient in Spanish and Italian and has working knowledge of French.
This profile was current when she was part of the on-campus Kellogg community.
Emily Normand is currently researching the roots of religiosidad popular (also known as piedad popular) in the Southern Cone. The subject of her investigation is Fr. Joaquin Alliende, a Chilean priest of the Schönstatt order. Fr. Alliende is the author of the section on popular religion for the Third General Conference of the Latin American Episcopate in Puebla, Mexico, 1979. She is advised by Professor Peter Casarella, director of Latin American/North American Church Concerns and Associate Professor of Theology. As his research assistant, Normand has aided in a wide array of projects, some of which include the study of Blessed Óscar Romero, Salvadoran martyr and various book projects. This year, she will complete her thesis on the evolution of ecclesiastial thought behind religiosidad popular.
In the Summer of 2018, Normand was awarded an Experiencing the World Fellowship to conduct preliminary research in Santiago, Chile on the subject of religiosidad popular, especially concerning its history as pertains to the authorship and practice of religiosidad popular in the Latin American Church. While in Chile, Normand had the opportunity to interview Fr. Alliende and other distinguished scholars of religiosidad popular in the Southern Cone.
In addition to the Experiencing the World Fellowship, Normand is the recipient of various other fellowships and grants. In the summer of 2017, Normand was awarded a Summer Language Abroad grant in Spanish. She traveled to Cusco, Peru to complete a 7-week intensive language study in the historic capital of the Inca Empire. In the winter of 2018, she was awarded a Kellogg ISP conference grant to attend a conference on migration in New York City. In the spring of 2018, she was awarded a grant through the Center for Ethics and Culture to attend a conference in Rome to aid her project on the diversity of language as a way of thinking about the dignity of the other.
Thesis Title: The Road to Puebla
2020 Rev. Robert S. Pelton, CSC, Memorial Essay Contest - Undergraduate First Prize
International Scholar Alumna Publishes Senior Thesis
Feb 2, 2023
The thesis that alumna Emily Normand ‘20 wrote when she was an International Scholar was accepted for publication.
Honoring Fr. Bob: Memorial Essay Contest Winners Announced
May 12, 2020
Latin American North American Church Concerns announced the winners of its essay contest honoring LANAAC founder Rev. Robert Pelton, CSC, who passed away last fall.