Father Jenkins Appointed to National Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences

Father Jenkins

Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame, has been appointed to a national commission that will examine how to bolster teaching and research in the humanities and social sciences. Created by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences includes prominent Americans from a wide variety of disciplines. Read More >

Agustín Fuentes Receives Grant to Explore Human Nature


Who are we? Why are we here? Why do we do what we do? What makes humans unique? These are the universal questions at the heart of an ambitious new initiative led by Notre Dame anthropologist Agustín Fuentes. Funded by a $197,000 grant from the John Templeton Foundation, the Human Natures Project is a two-year research effort that could pave the way for a much larger, long-term endeavor. Read More >

Laura Dassow Walls Joins Department of English

Laura Dassow Walls

Laura Dassow Walls, a distinguished scholar of 19th century American literature and culture, will join the Notre Dame faculty in fall 2011 as the William P. and Hazel B. White Professor of English. Walls specializes in American Transcendentalism—especially Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson, transatlantic romanticism, literature and science, and environmental literature and ecocriticism. Read More >

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Candida Moss Receives International Award for Theological Promise

Candida Moss

Candida Moss, assistant professor in the Department of Theology, is one of only 12 scholars in the world to receive the 2011 John Templeton Award for Theological Promise. The prize honors up-and-coming academics based on their doctoral dissertation or first post-doctoral book on the topic of God and spirituality. Read More >

The Art Bulletin Names Kathleen Pyne Essay Among Century’s Best

Kathleen Pyne

Nineteenth century America was a time of intellectual turmoil. Rocked by Darwinism, the spiritual security of Protestantism was crumbling. In this context, art became a lifeline for industrialist Charles Freer, whom Notre Dame art historian Kathleen Pyne examines in “Portrait of a Collector as an Agnostic: Charles Lang Freer and Connoisseurship.” Read More >

Growth in Field Spurs Investment in Cultural Sociology


As interest in cultural sociology has risen in recent decades, so too has Notre Dame’s investment in its faculty. “We’ve been growing over the past 20 years, but in the last five years it has all come together,” says cultural sociologist Lyn Spillman, an associate professor who has studied American political and economic culture. Read More >

Rahul Oka Tracks Trade in Conflict Zones

Rahul Oka

Even the most carefully planned humanitarian and development efforts are often stymied by the chaotic realities on the ground in war-torn zones such as Sudan and Northern Kenya. Economic anthropologist Rahul Oka aims to improve the success rate of these critical relief missions by studying how local trade networks are able to operate in the same areas with remarkable resilience and efficiency. Read More >

Ricardo Ramirez Joins Political Science Faculty

Ricardo Ramirez

Ricardo Ramirez is joining the University of Notre Dame faculty in July 2011 as an associate professor of political science and a fellow at the Francis and Kathleen Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy. He is a noted scholar of state and local politics, political behavior, and the politics of race and ethnicity. Read More >

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Alumnus Works to Effect Change in Sudan

Peter Quaranto

Sudan has been torn by religious, social, and economic strife for decades. Seeking to ease these tensions, the Sudanese people voted to divide the country in two—north and south. But the referendum has left a host of unresolved issues in its wake. Through the Office of the U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan, Peter Quaranto ’06 is working to help reach a successful and sustainable resolution to the division. Read More >

ND Senior Leads Campaign to Fight the “R-Word”

Soeren Palumbo

Pursuing three majors in the College of Arts and Letters while also participating in the Glynn Family Honors Program doesn’t leave Notre Dame senior Soeren Palumbo with much free time. But it’s been just enough to launch a global campaign to eliminate the use of the “R-word,” get published in the Huffington Post, rub shoulders with President Barack Obama, and travel the world for speaking engagements. Read More >

Rev. Kevin Grove, C.S.C., Wins Gates Scholarship

Kevin Grove

Rev. Kevin G. Grove, C.S.C., a 2009 Notre Dame alumnus, has been awarded a Gates Cambridge Trust scholarship. The prestigious Gates scholarships, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, provide awards for full-time graduate study and research at the University of Cambridge. Read More >

English Majors Thrive in Diverse Careers

Miller Family

You can find Notre Dame graduates with degrees in English almost everywhere—and not just working in the classroom as teachers or professors. Indeed, according to a survey of alumni, they are thriving in a broad range of professions that include finance, medicine, publishing, and higher education. Read More >

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