Faculty Stories

Faculty at Notre Dame come from communities and cultures all over the world. They conduct research and scholarship on topics and issues that span numerous academic disciplines. They share with students not just their areas of expertise but also their questions and concerns about the enduring issues and latest developments that shape our times.

But their role in broadening and sharpening the lenses through which we understand ourselves and the world around us extend well beyond individual research projects, classroom lectures, course syllabi, or a list of academic programs.

The selection of stories below helps illustrate the many other ways Notre Dame faculty foster diversity, support inclusion, and enliven the entire Notre Dame community.

Novelist and English professor Dionne Irving Bremyer on empathy, creative writing, and climate change's impact on culture

Jon Hendricks

Reading stories about people who are like us, and not like us, develops an appreciation of what it means to be human, said Notre Dame faculty member Dionne Irving Bremyer, who authored The Islands, one of 10 books longlisted for the 2023 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. “We still read Hamlet, right? And we get something out of it, not necessarily...

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Notre Dame joins with Habitat for Humanity to increase access to affordable housing close to campus

Erin Blasko

The University of Notre Dame is joining with Habitat for Humanity of St. Joseph County to build as many as seven new homes over the next five years, all in or near the increasingly popular Northeast Neighborhood south of campus, walking distance to downtown, the East Bank and Eddy Street Commons.

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Transformational Leaders Program aims to help students reach their goals while staying healthy, grounded and connected

Chloe McCotter

Developed to invest in students as the University of Notre Dame’s most important and precious resource, while acknowledging that not all students come to higher education with the same preparation or resources, Notre Dame’s Transformational Leaders Program (TLP) provides students with access to mentoring, education and outreach specialists, community-building activities, a dedicated gathering and study space and other academic resources. 

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CCCG hosts conference for early-career women in political theory and constitutional studies

The Center for Citizenship and Constitutional Government (CCCG) hosted a conference for early career women in political theory on January 13 in tandem with the Southern Political Science Association’s concurrent conference. “The Future Before Us: Early Career Women in Political Theory and Constitutional Studies” was co-sponsored by the University of Wisconsin’s Center for the Study of Liberal Democracy. Rick Avramenko,...

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FirstGen@ND: Daniel Lapsley, professor of psychology and ACE collegiate professor

Shannon Rooney

Notre Dame Professor of Psychology Daniel Lapsley uses the word “naive” to describe himself as a young student approaching his college years. He grew up with five siblings near Pittsburgh. His father was a steel worker and his mother was a homemaker. Neither of Lapsley’s parents had been to college, but he knew he wanted to go. …

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The Latina/o Studies Association Holds its Biennial Conference at Notre Dame, Looks Toward the Future

Oliver Ortega

  After two years of delay, the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame hosted a gathering this past summer for one of the most important academic organizations in ethnic studies. Hundreds of scholars and artists flocked to the Duncan Student Center over the course of four days in July to attend the Latina/o Studies Association's biennial...

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Notre Dame economist Jing Cynthia Wu wins Richard Stone Prize in Applied Econometrics 

Beth Staples

Notre Dame economist Jing Cynthia Wu’s paper that details a new model to examine economic effects of unconventional monetary policy in the Euro area has won the Richard Stone Prize in Applied Econometrics from the Journal of Applied Econometrics. The journal awards the prize every two years for the best paper with substantive econometric applications. Econometrics uses economic theory, mathematics,...

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Pinar Zorlutuna named Roth-Gibson Professor of Bioengineering

Karla Cruse

Pinar Zorlutuna, professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering at the University of Notre Dame, has been awarded an endowed professorship. She was named Notre Dame’s Roth-Gibson Professor of Bioengineering, effective January 1, 2023. “Appointment to an endowed chair is one of the highest honors in the University, signifying distinguished achievement in one’s field,” said Patricia J. Culligan…

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Foreign Language Teaching Assistant spotlight: Caroline Kipruto

Luke Van de Walle

Kenyan native and Swahili Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Caroline Jepchumba Kipruto is an exemplary representative of her community, Eldoret. Located in the western region of Kenya near the Great Rift Valley, Eldoret is famous for a large number of world-class track and field athletes like Eliud Kipchoge who is Olympic champion is marathon runner and world record…

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Five Questions with Lewis R. Gordon: Decolonizing Scholarship in Philosophy

The Editors

Lewis R. Gordon is professor and department head of philosophy at the University of Connecticut. His books include Freedom, Justice, and Decolonization (2021) and Fear of Black Consciousness (2022). Gordon is the 2022 recipient of the Eminent Scholar Award from the Global Development Studies division of the International Studies Association. …

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Season Two of "Curated Conversation(s): a Latinx Poetry Show" Premieres this Month

Brent Ameneyro

"Curated Conversation(s): a Latinx Poetry Show” is returning for a second season later this month, but with a twist. Letras Latinas, the literary initiative at the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies, is collaborating once again with The Writer’s Center and Poet Lore to co-produce this year-long program…

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