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Since its inception in 2003, the National Institute for Newman Studies has become the foremost center in North America for the study of the works, life, and influence of John Henry Cardinal Newman.

Staff Directory

Kevin Mongrain, Ph.D., Director

Kevin Mongrain earned a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Yale University in 1999. In addition to his research on the thought of John Henry Newman, he has published a book and several articles on the thought of Hans Urs von Balthasar. Before coming to the National Institute of Newman Studies Dr. Mongrain taught theology at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas, and Great Books  in the Program of Liberal Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Mongrain can be contacted at (412) 681-4375 ext 11.

Mary Jo Dorsey, PhD, Knowledge Manager

Dr. Mary Jo Dorsey is a Pittsburgh native who has lived and worked in Las Vegas, NV, and New York City.  She earned a BS from Carlow University and a Master's degree (1990) and a PhD (2008) in Library and Information Sciences from the University of Pittsburgh.  She has studied the information-seeking behaviors of library and Internet users, noting the many different paths to information. She has lectured and presented papers on the inevitable shift from the physical library to the digital library.  She has taught graduate courses in library and information sciences at the University of Pittsburgh.  Mary Jo enjoys Broadway theater, traveling, sudoku, spending quality time with family, friends, and her dog, Bella.  Mary Jo can be contacted at (412) 681-4375 ext 14.

Mia McIntyre, Administrative Assistant

Mia lends her incredible organizational skills to NINS in countless ways.  Callers to NINS hear Mia's voice first and will see that her sparkling personality will point you in the right direction.  Mia can be reached directly at (412) 681-4375 ext 10.

Donna Lewis, Office Assistant

Donna is a valuable member of NINS providing behind the scenes library organization, cataloging, and often fielding research question.  Donna can be reached at ext 19.


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211 North Dithridge Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
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Phone: (412) 681-4375
(412) 681-4376

Non-Profit Status

The National Institute for Newman Studies is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation under the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and is governed by a Board of Trustees. A Supporting Council assists with fundraising and operational needs. The staff consists of a Director, an Executive Research Fellow, a Knowledge Manager, and an Adminsitrative Assistant.