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History Doctoral Student Peter Cajka Wins Catholic Press Association First Place Award

Chestnut Hill, Mass. (August 2011) -- Boston College doctoral student Peter Cajka has received the 2011 Catholic Press Association first place prize in the category of Best Feature Article in a Scholarly Magazine for "Riding with Saint Paul in the Passenger Side: The Archdiocese of Milwaukee Enters the Automobile Age, 1920-1965" in the journal American Catholic Studies

The article "offers a great exploration of how technology and religion interact. Its moral implications stand next to a solid analysis of past and present use of technology within the Catholic faith," according to the CPA.

Peter Cajka

Cajka's interest is in the American Catholic experience from 1930 to 1985, especially "how religion worked" in 20th century America.

"I focus on the intersections of lived experience, theology, institutions and print culture," he said. 

His faculty advisor is Clough Millennium Professor of History James O'Toole.

Cajka, who earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Dayton and a master's degree from Marquette University, received the 2008 Richard Scharchburg Student Paper Award in Automotive History from the Society of Automotive Historians.

CPA award winners were announced earlier this summer during the 2011 Catholic Media Convention in Pittsburgh. The contest, a project of the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada, recognizes outstanding works in books, newspapers, magazines, websites and newsletters and in Spanish language publications.