Faculty Stories

Lawyers can make a difference for young immigrants

Lauren Love

A growing number of accompanied minor children entering the United States need lawyers to help them navigate the immigration court system. Lisa Koop, associate director for legal services for the National Immigrant Justice Center, recently visited Notre Dame Law School and spoke with students to discuss the area of practice.

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Going green is for girls — but branding can make men eco-friendly

Shannon Roddel

A study by James Wilkie, assistant professor of marketing at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, provides evidence that shoppers who engage in green behaviors are stereotyped by others as more feminine and also see themselves as more feminine. In a series of seven studies, Wilkie and his co-authors manipulated small details about the products, attempting to...

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Three questions with political scientist Christina Wolbrecht

Michael O. Garvey

Christina Wolbrecht, associate professor of political science, C. Robert and Margaret Hanley Family Director of the Notre Dame Washington Program and director of the Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy at the University of Notre Dame, teaches and writes about American politics, political parties, women and politics and American political development.

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Pamela Nolan Young named director for academic diversity and inclusion

Sue Ryan

Pamela Nolan Young has been appointed to the newly created role of director for academic diversity and inclusion at the University of Notre Dame. Young, who received her juris doctor degree from the Notre Dame Law School, brings more than 25 years of experience to the University in the areas of diversity and inclusion, equal opportunity, education and law. As...

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Emergency financial aid from call centers effectively prevents homelessness

Brittany Collins Kaufman

Each year more than 2.3 million people experience homelessness, 7.4 million people live “doubled up” with friends or family for economic reasons, and many more are on the brink of homelessness. In addition to the negative mental, developmental and health problems that arise among homeless adults and children, the issue costs a community more than $5,000 for each person who...

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Video: William Collins Donahue on the Resonance of Small Moments in Holocaust Literature

Todd Boruff

“Early literary encounters with the Holocaust tended to tell you about the whole event, but now when the Holocaust appears, generally speaking, it appears in small moments, in kind of passing glances,” said William Collins Donahue, the John J. Cavanaugh, C.S.C., Professor of the Humanities and chair of the Department of German and Russian Languages and Literatures at the University...

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Professor illuminates impact of English language by focusing on how it’s used

Fred Bauters

Tim Machan believes the English language is far more than the order of letters and words. Machan, a professor in Notre Dame’s Department of English, has spent 30 years researching and teaching English in its many forms and functions. His journey has pulled him further from grammatical conventions into how people around the world use English in their daily lives. He...

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Music professor named honorary member of Irish Musicology Society

Brian Wallheimer

Susan Youens, J. W. Van Gorkom Professor of Music in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters, has been named an honorary member of the Society for Musicology in Ireland, a distinction awarded for extraordinary contribution to musicology in that country. Youens explores music through the lens of literature. In particular, she looks at how songs reflect historical and social...

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Crossroads of the Americas: Notre Dame goes to Cuba in wake of papal visit

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The Institute for Latino Studies hosted the first intercontinental conference examining the significance of Pope Francis’ visits to the Americas. The three-day colloquium in Havana included historian and papal biographer Austin Ivereigh from England, Jesuit theologian Rev. Allan Figueroa Deck of Loyola Marymount University, and other prominent theologians from the U.S., Cuba, Brazil and Bolivia. 

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Sustainability students cross disciplinary boundaries to address real-world issues

Tessa Bangs

Notre Dame’s sustainability program, open to all majors, seeks to inspire students to cultivate practices and ways of living that preserve natural resources for future generations. “It is important to think about how our different areas of knowledge complement each other and to understand that many of our most serious problems are not well behaved and do not stay within...

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Columbia University dean appointed vice president and associate provost for internationalization

Paul Browne

Michael E. Pippenger, Columbia University’s dean of undergraduate global programs and assistant vice president for international education, has been appointed vice president and associate provost for internationalization at the University of Notre Dame, Thomas G. Burish, Charles and Jill Fischer Provost, announced Friday (April 29). He succeeds J. Nicholas Entrikin, the inaugural occupant of the post, who will retire this...

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Professor launches project to advance scientific and theological literacy among madrasa graduates in India

Joan Fallon

With a $1.2 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation, Ebrahim Moosa, professor of Islamic studies at the University of Notre Dame, has launched a three-year project to enrich scientific and theological literacy among recent graduates of Islamic seminaries in India. The teaching team will recruit and train 100 recent madrasa graduates who are eager to acquire scientific knowledge that is...

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Sociologist focuses research on immigration policy in the South

Aaron Smith

Jennifer Jones, an assistant professor in Notre Dame’s Department of Sociology, has received the Presidential Authority Award grant from the Russell Sage Foundation for her study of interracial coalitions and their effect on immigration policy in Mississippi and Alabama. Combining archival and media sources with interviews, “Enforcement or Embrace? The Determinants of State-Level Immigration Policy in New Immigrant Destinations” emerged...

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Urban sociologist joins Arts and Letters faculty

Brian Wallheimer

Robert Vargas, an urban sociologist whose research focuses on violence and health care, is joining Notre Dame’s Department of Sociology this fall as an assistant professor. Vargas’ first book, Wounded City: Violent Turf Wars in a Chicago Barrio (Oxford University Press), will be released May 1. In it, Vargas contends that city ward boundaries were deliberately drawn to undermine the political...

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