Producing more effective governance is the greatest challenge facing most Latin American democracies today, say Notre Dame political scientists Scott Mainwaring and Rev. Timothy R. Scully, C.S.C., in a new book from Stanford University Press that they co-edited.
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Jada Benn Torres, assistant professor of anthropology at Notre Dame, uses genetics to research the distribution of diseases across populations, with a primary focus on women’s reproductive health. Currently, she is trying to figure out why African-American women are at a higher risk of developing uterine fibroids.
Five University of Notre Dame faculty members have received research fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for 2010, bringing to 42 the number of NEH fellowships awarded to Notre Dame in the past 11 years—more than any other university in the nation.
The Africana Bible: Reading Israel’s Scriptures from Africa and the African Diaspora, a new book edited by Hugh R. Page Jr., dean of the First Year of Studies and associate professor of theology and Africana studies at Notre Dame, recently was published by Fortress Press.
Frederick J. Crosson, John J. Cavanaugh Professor Emeritus of Humanities and former dean of the College of Arts and Letters, died Dec. 9 at Hospice House in South Bend. He was 83.
John C. Cavadini, associate professor and chair of theology and McGrath-Cavadini Director of Notre Dame’s Institute for Church Life, has been appointed to the International Theological Commission by Pope Benedict XVI.
Established in 2008, the Notre Dame International Security Program intends to bring to bear “the very best in scholarship to consider and address the most important international security policy issues.” It’s gotten off to a good start.
Tell someone that Notre Dame has a strong theology department, and it won’t likely amount to a “stop-the-presses” moment. But the University’s religious identity is also a catalyst to research in other fields, as the Department of Political Science can attest.
John T. McGreevy, who was appointed I.A. O’Shaughnessy Dean of the College of Arts and Letters last year, implemented a number of changes this fall that will help create a more intense and sophisticated undergraduate experience.
In testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs on Dec. 15, Notre Dame faculty member George A. Lopez argued against passage of HR 2194, which would impose severe economic sanctions on Iran in an effort to halt its nuclear weapons program.
Macaulay: The Tragedy of Power, by Rev. Robert E. Sullivan, associate professor of history and associate vice president for academic mission support at Notre Dame, recently was published by Harvard University Press.
On Dec. 12, a national task force commissioned by the University of Notre Dame released a report and launched a campaign to improve educational opportunities for the next generation of American Latinos by expanding their access to Catholic schools.
A new book by Christian Davenport, professor of peace studies, political science, and sociology, explores the “Rashomon effect”—the tendency for events to be perceived and reported in different ways, depending on who is telling the story and to whom—and its implications for violence, protest, repression, and peace.
For most students, reading the Quran for an hour may sound like a homework assignment. For Gabriel Reynolds, associate professor of Islamic studies and theology, and the student members of the Quran Circle reading group, it is an extracurricular activity with many benefits.
Howard Goldblatt, research professor in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Notre Dame and the foremost translator of modern and contemporary Chinese literature in the West, has been awarded the 2009 Man Asian Literary Prize for his translation of The Boat to Redemption by Chinese author Su Tong.
Kathleen Cummings, assistant professor of American studies and acting director of the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism, was awarded the 2009 best paper prize from the Religion and American Culture Caucus of the American Studies Association (ASA).
Whether working at the local food bank or spending time with a hospice patient, Notre Dame students are encouraged to engage in activities that support their academic goals while serving the greater good. For Michael Clemente (’09), volunteering with the Program of Liberal Studies’ Junior Masterpieces Seminar provided a way for him to share and pass on his passion for the liberal arts with local elementary school students. In the process, he also helped them with critical thinking and communications skills.
A new book by Notre Dame psychologist Anita Kelly offers advice to college students on how to give their teachers what they really want and get the most out of their hard-earned—and often expensive—college education.
Notre Dame theologian Gary Anderson’s book Sin: A History, recently published by Yale University Press, examines how understandings and descriptions of sin have changed over two millennia of biblical tradition.
A team of four Notre Dame undergraduate students finished first in the NASCAR Kinetics: Marketing in Motion competition. Final results for the semester-long competition were announced Nov. 19 in Miami, site of the NASCAR Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
When Notre Dame and the University of Southern California meet, it can get ugly. However, that is the last word you would use to describe a recent encounter between the two schools in Notre Dame’s Crowley Hall.
John Cavadini, associate professor and chair of the theology department and McGrath-Cavadini Director of the Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame, has been named by Pope Benedict XVI a member of the Order of the Knights of St. Gregory the Great.
While others might be content to resign their retirement years to blazing Floridian sunsets or skill development on the putting green, Robert Flood is bringing a lifetime of real world experience at the International Monetary Fund to the Department of Economics and Econometrics.
How do you reconcile former enemies in a society shattered by war, genocide or violence? In a new book, Unchopping a Tree: Reconciliation in the Aftermath of Political Violence, political scientist Ernesto Verdeja answers this question by examining reconciliation efforts in post-conflict regions from Chile to South Africa to Bosnia and Herzegovina.
John Griffin, associate professor of political science, has helped debunk a myth about ideologically extreme legislators in an award-winning paper he co-wrote, raising the question of whether citizens hold elected officials accountable.
On Nov. 20, 1962, President Kennedy signed an executive order prohibiting federally-funded housing agencies from denying mortgages on the basis of race, color, creed or national origin. According to University of Notre Dame sociologist Richard Williams, the dramatic improvement of American family housing security thus begun is now jeopardized both by the current economic crisis and misconceptions of what caused it.
Late last year, James Sullivan, associate professor in the Department of Economics and Econometrics, and the University of Chicago’s Bruce Meyer published an article in the American Economic Review related to their ongoing research into ways to measure and improve the well-being of poor families.
Notre Dame’s Kellogg Institute for International Studies is currently hosting Gerald Telfort, the only Fulbright visiting scholar selected from Haiti this academic year in the newly re-launched Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program for Central America and the Caribbean.
Robert Schmuhl, Walter H. Annenberg-Edmund P. Joyce Professor of American Studies and Journalism, will deliver the keynote address at the conference of the Newspaper and Periodical History Forum of Ireland on Nov. 21 (Saturday) in Dublin.