Faculty Stories

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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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 Lister

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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Anthropologists’ new books iIlluminate challenges of human migration that span centuries

Brian Wallheimer

Their subjects are separated by hundreds of years and thousands of miles, yet two recent books by Notre Dame anthropologists have striking similarities on the driving forces behind human migration. The books have played a major role in establishing Notre Dame’s Department of Anthropology as a source of insight and perspective on significant social issues.

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Arabic professor wins book award for research on medieval Islamic plays

Tom Lange

Before Li Guo could tell the story of one of Islam’s most impactful artists, he spent nearly 15 years translating and studying the man’s work. A professor of Arabic and director of Notre Dame’s Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies Program, Guo is the author of The Performing Arts of Medieval Islam: Shadow Play and Popular Poetry in Ibn Daniyal’s Mamluk...

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Not Irish? There’s still reason to celebrate on St. Patrick’s Day

Notre Dame News

Why do so many people celebrate and recognize St. Patrick’s Day – even if they’re not Irish at all? Diarmuid Ó Giolláin, professor of Irish language and literature at the University of Notre Dame and expert on popular religion in Ireland, as well as folklore and popular culture, explains the history and cultural significance of Lá Fhéile Pádraig, "the Day...

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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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English assistant professor wins Ford Foundation fellowship

Aaron Smith

Z’étoile Imma, an assistant professor of English at Notre Dame, has received a prestigious Ford Foundation fellowship in support of her research in South Africa on 20th-century activist Simon Nkoli. Imma is one of 116 top scholars to receive an award through the foundation’s fellowship program, which seeks to increase diversity among university faculties, maximize the educational benefits of diversity,...

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Irish Studies and English professor wins René Wellek Prize for ‘Languages of the Night’

Mary Hendriksen

Barry McCrea, the Donald R. Keough Family Professor of Irish Studies and a professor of English, Irish language and literature, and Romance languages and literatures, has been awarded the René Wellek Prize by the American Comparative Literature Association for the best book in the past year in comparative literature. McCrea’s Languages of the Night: Minor Languages and the Literary Imagination...

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