Rose is currently a Research Fellow at the Research Institute of Irish and Scottish Studies (RIISS) at the University of Aberdeen and the Cushwa Centre for the Study of American Catholicism at the University of Notre Dame, working on the project ‘Irish Religious Women in Anglophone World, 1840-1960’

She is also a PhD candidate in the School of Divinity, History and Philosophy at the University of Aberdeen, and holds an MSc Modern British and Irish History from the University of Edinburgh.

Her PhD Dissertation, titled ‘Confronting Modernity: Leo XIII, ‘Rerum Novarum’, and the Catholic Church in Ireland and Prussian Poland 1878-1914′, was submitted to the University of Aberdeen. The dissertation examines how Pope Leo XIII’s neo-Thomistic restoration of natural law reasoning in his 1891 encyclical ‘Rerum Novarum’ was influenced by his experiences in Ireland and Prussia during the 1880s. It then examines these influences within the content of ‘Rerum Novarum’ itself. The final chapter demonstrates how the wide distribution of the encyclical enabled its use outside of its intended scope by lower class Catholics in Ulster and Poznania to justify economic and political protest and resistance. The broad lay engagement with and use of ‘Rerum Novarum’ enabled the lower class Catholic laity to determine public morality for themselves, a type and level of engagement with the principles of Catholic morality that had not been seen before 1891, and would have significant repercussions on Catholic public action throughout the twentieth century.

This PhD was supervised by Professor Robert I. Frost, FBA and Professor Michael Brown.


Presidential Prize for Best Postgraduate Paper in 2016, American Conference for Irish Studies (ACIS), 2017.

Santander Mobility Award, University of Aberdeen – University of Poznań, 2016.

Postgraduate Research Grant, Royal Historical Society, 2016.

Comparative Statecraft and Constitutional Thought Studentship, CISRUL, 2014-18.


Teaching as a Tutor 2016-2017, School of Divinity, History, and Philosophy and Centre of Academic Development, University of Aberdeen


Colin Barr and Rose Luminiello, ‘“The Leader of the Virgin Choirs of Erin”: St. Brigid’s Missionary College, 1883-1914,’ edited by Paul Towned, Timothy McMahon and Michael DeNie, in Ireland’s Imperial Cultures, (Manchester University Press: 2016).

Luminiello, Rose, copy editor in Colin Barr, Daire Keogh, and Anne O’Connor, (eds.), The Letters of Paul Cullen, (Upcoming, Dublin: Irish Manuscripts Commission).

Rose Luminiello, “Review.  Grave Matter: Death and Dying in Dublin 1500 to the Present,” Journal of Ecclesiastical History (Upcoming: Autumn 2017).

— “Review. Mark McGowan, ‘The Imperial Irish: Canada’s Irish Catholics Fight the Great War 1914-1918’“, Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture (December 2018).

— ‘Review: Irish Education and Catholic Emancipation, 1791-1831: The Campaigns of Bishop Doyle and Daniel O’Connell by Brian Fleming. Pp. 235.  Oxford: Peter Lang, 2017.’ Journal of Ecclesiastical History. Forthcoming: Spring, 2019.

— ‘Review: The Life and Times of Daniel Murray: Archbishop of Dublin 1823-1852.  By Thomas J. Morrissey, SJ.  Pp. 288.  Dublin: Messenger Publications, 2018.  The Life and Career of Archbishop Richard Whately: Ireland, Religion and Reform.  By Ciara Boylan. Pp. 215.  Dublin: Four Courts Press Ltd., 2018.’ Journal of Ecclesiastical History. Forthcoming: Spring, 2019.


PhD Title: ‘Confronting Modernity: Leo XIII, Rerum Novarum, and the Catholic Church in Ireland and Prussian Poland, 1878-1914.’  Submitted March 2019.   Supervised by Prof. Robert I. Frost (F.B.A) and Prof. Michael Brown.

MSc ‘St. Brigid’s Missionary College and the Effects of Irish Catholic Religious Sisters in the Irish Spiritual Empire and Diasporas,’ supervised by Prof. Enda Delaney.

Bachelor’s ‘Misconceptions of Young Ireland in 1848: The Destruction of the Movement by Paul Cardinal Cullen,’ supervised by Dr. Daniel Davy.


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