Our Experts in the News


  1. Does Russia stand to benefit from climate change?

    The PONARS scholars, including Debra Javeline and Susanne Wengle, both associate professors of political science at the University of Notre Dame, studied the effects of climate change on Russia and Russia's role in global efforts to combat climate change or obstruct climate action.

    Originally published at news.nd.edu.

  2. Notre Dame unifies, strengthens poverty fight with new initiative

    A new anti-poverty initiative launched at the University of Notre Dame with a $100 million gift from an alumni couple will look for new ways of thinking and talking about the issue. “Notre Dame’s Poverty Initiative is driven by a moral imperative to prioritize the needs of the poor and vulnerable, rooted in Catholic social teaching” said Notre Dame economist Jim Sullivan, co-founder and director of the Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities. Tracy Kijewski-Correa, director of the university’s Pulte Institute for Global Development, said the initiative is looking for new ways to manage the issue and express its impacts. “Poverty is not just material deprivation,” she said. “It affects everything and every part of a person.”

    Originally published at news.nd.edu.

  3. America’s Becoming Less Religious. Is Politics to Blame?

    In their award-winning book Secular Surge, Notre Dame political scientist David E. Campbell and his co-authors used experiments to show that when young Americans who leaned toward the Democratic party were shown examples of politicians making Christian nationalist statements or pastors endorsing conservative political candidates, those young people were more likely to disaffiliate from religion. 

  4. Oaklawn's South Bend crisis center will be much-needed entryway to psychiatric care

    Daniel Tadmon, who will start as a sociology professor at the University of Notre Dame this fall, found in a nationwide study of mental health care providers that 70% of Americans have an easier time making a timely appointment with a psychiatrist than people near South Bend.

  5. Football in America: A record-breaking season

    “The more that sport and the people who play it permeates American culture and entertainment and other spaces, the wider swath of people are going to know about it,” said Katherine Walden, an assistant teaching professor of American Studies at the University of Notre Dame.


  6. White-centric Blowback: On Jason Ruiz’s “Narcomedia”

    It is hardly surprising that in the intro to Narcomedia: Latinidad, Popular Culture, and America’s War on Drugs (2023), Notre Dame American studies professor Jason Ruiz name-checks Curtis Márez’s groundbreaking Drug Wars: The Political Economy of Narcotics (2004).

  7. Two Notre Dame music professors nominated for Sunday's Grammy awards

    Two Notre Dame Department of Music faculty members will wait to hear their project names announced as winners Sunday night at the 66th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. Daniel Schlosberg, a professor of the practice for piano, is a nominee for Best Classical Solo Vocal Album, and Stephen Lancaster, an associate professor of the practice for voice, is part of an ensemble nominated for Best Choral Performance.


  8. Is the federal budget a ‘moral document’?

    “Of course it is a moral document,” Joseph P. Kaboski, an economics professor and fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame, told OSV News. “Any budget tells you something about what you prioritize.”

  9. Tired of hostile Washington, China courts Indiana and Minnesota

    There’s been “a huge pullback” on the U.S. side, said Kyle Jaros, an associate professor at the University of Notre Dame working on a book on the topic. “China is reaching out and finding it hard to find partners.”

  10. University of Notre Dame announces initiative to study, combat poverty

    The University of Notre Dame announced on Jan. 23 that it will be launching a new academic initiative focused on studying and combating poverty, led by economist Jim Sullivan.

  11. Yes, Copying From Wikipedia Is Plagiarism

    “The answer is always the same: yes. You can use it, but you have to cite it because you didn’t write it,” said Susan Blum, a professor at the University of Notre Dame whose scholarship has focused on plagiarism and educational anthropology. 

  12. Ireland Turns on Joe Biden Over Israel

    Michael Desch, a professor of international relations at the University of Notre Dame who specializes in international relations, told Newsweek: "Blood is generally thicker than water and President Biden has had a good relationship with the Emerald Isle over the years given his family ties to the Old Sod. But there are limits to how much Irish ancestry will make up for the gallons of innocent blood being shed in Gaza by Israel with the Biden administration's reluctant support."

    Meanwhile, Robert Schmuhl, professor emeritus of American Studies at the University of Notre Dame and adjunct professor of law and government at Dublin City University, said: "President Biden's Irish heritage is important to his identity, but its value in Ireland is in jeopardy for what appears to many to be a lack of concern for the Palestinian people caught up in the war in Gaza."

  13. Can AI Be Conscious?

    John T. Behrens, a professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, said that you can think of consciousness as having at least two interrelated ideas: autonomous action and self-awareness.

  14. Trump wins Iowa caucuses as DeSantis edges out Haley for second

    “More than anything, Donald Trump’s victory in Iowa demonstrates how much he and his political organization have learned since 2016,” Robert Schmuhl, professor emeritus of American studies at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, who critically observes the modern American presidency, told OSV News.

  15. Study Shows Faith, Spirituality Boost Mental Health, Especially During Isolation and Despair

    “The data produced through this project is like the Webb telescope, only instead of distant stars, it has revealed the interior lives of many Americans — how they think and feel about their relationship to a higher power,” writes University of Notre Dame Professor David Campbell in the study’s introduction.

  16. Harvard’s Claudine Gay was ousted for ‘plagiarism’. How serious was it really?

    “I don’t believe in churning everything through turnitin.com because that’s a mechanical way of doing things,” says Susan Blum, a professor of linguistic anthropology at Notre Dame, referencing a go-to anti-plagiarism tool.

  17. How Your Body Adapts to Extreme Cold

    If this is making you miserable, it’s because you, like most people, overwhelmingly prefer hot places. That group does not include Cara Ocobock, a biological anthropologist at University of Notre Dame who is one of the scientists trying to understand how the human body adjusts to extreme cold.

  18. Places ravaged by opioids are giving Republicans the upper hand

    To try to isolate the role of the epidemic on voting, Carolina Arteaga and Victoria Barone, respectively economists at the University of Toronto and the University of Notre Dame, started by looking at areas where opioids had been heavily prescribed when they first hit the market in the 1990s.

  19. Battling Artificial Intelligence in the classroom

    Artificial Intelligence in the classroom has been a polarizing topic. But Notre Dame Professor John Behrens said, education is always changing to keep up with trends.

  20. The Rise and Fall of Prime-Rib Nation

    We see on holidays and special occasions the times when the kind of longer traditions and deeper histories of how we relate to food come out in ritual,” said Joshua Specht, the author of “Red Meat Republic” and an associate professor of history at the University of Notre Dame.