John T. McGreevy

John T. McGreevy

I.A. O’Shaughnessy Dean, Professor of History


As dean of the College of Arts and Letters at the University of Notre Dame, John T. McGreevy is responsible for the overall vision and strategy of the College. He oversees both the academic core and the support structure of the College. In cooperation with faculty members and other administrators, the dean seeks to advance Arts and Letters while integrating the various aspects of Notre Dame’s triadic identity as a residential liberal arts college, a dynamic research university, and a Catholic institution of international standing.

The dean oversees the University’s programs in the arts, humanities, and social sciences; appoints and oversees associate deans and the chairpersons of 20 departments as well as selected directors and support staff; and supports and evaluates the teaching and research of faculty members.

Dean McGreevy’s key responsibilities include:

  • overall vision and strategic planning
  • tenure and promotion decisions
  • high-level appointments to faculty positions, including external recruitment to full professorships and endowed chairs
  • appointment and review of department chairpersons
  • fundraising and external representation and advocacy
  • major budgeting responsibilities and priorities
  • leadership development within the College
  • departmental reviews and evaluations

A 1986 graduate of Notre Dame who earned his Ph.D. in history at Stanford University, Dean McGreevy is the author of three books: Parish Boundaries: The Catholic Encounter with Race in the Twentieth Century Urban North, published by the University of Chicago Press in 1996; Catholicism and American Freedom: A History, published by W.W. Norton in 2003; and American Jesuits and the World: How an Embattled Religious Order Made Modern Catholicism Global, published by Princeton University Press in 2016.

He has received fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Louisville Institute and the Erasmus Institute, and has published numerous articles and reviews in the Journal of American History,CommonwealThe New RepublicChicago TribuneThe New York Review of Books, and other venues.

He teaches courses in American political history and American religious history, as well as a graduate reading course on the 20th century United States.