The University of Notre Dame has aspirations to be counted among the top research universities in the United States and the preeminent Catholic research institution in the world. It therefore invests highly in faculty research, both financially and in other ways.

The College of Arts and Letters, in particular, provides strong support for faculty research, through the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts and other channels. This is a place where faculty research is truly valued and nurtured and where committed scholarship thrives.

For more information on research, scholarship, and creativity in the College of Arts and Letters, click here.

To browse the Arts and Letters faculty bookshelf, click here.

Mark Schurr, professor of anthropology and associate dean of research, graduate studies, and centers in the College of Arts and Letters, is the contact person in the Dean’s Office for research-related concerns and questions.

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Julia M. Braungart-Rieker


My journey at Notre Dame began when I interviewed here in November of 1991. Although the weather was formidable that day (snow already covered the ground and the Midwest winds gave a whole new meaning of the word “ blustering...

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Kasey Buckles


Research, teaching, and service—most research universities evaluate their faculty based on these three criteria. Faculty members looking toward their next promotion fret over them, trying to make sure that they meet the stand...

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Meredith S. Chesson


At a fundamental level, anthropology is most exciting to me when it helps us to explore the seemingly infinite ways of being human in our world. At the level of the individual and the collective, peoples’ lives are guided by ...

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Olivia Remie Constable

History and Medieval Institute

The joy of teaching medieval Spanish history in Toledo, Spain, is that we can all lean out of the classroom windows (our class met in the tower of the converted 17th-century convent that houses the Notre Dame Toledo program) and I ...

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Denise Della Rossa

German and Russian Languages and Literatures

The Department of German and Russian is one of the smallest departments in the College of Arts and Letters in terms of both faculty and students. This allows us to function more like a department in a small liberal arts college whe...

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Julia Douthwaite

Romance Languages and Literatures

As Assistant Provost for International Studies from 2003-09, I traveled frequently to Notre Dame study abroad locations around the world, but it was always with a sigh of pleasure that I returned to home and campus.


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Elizabeth F. Mazurek


I came to Notre Dame in 1990 as a junior professor in the Department of Classical and Oriental Languages as it was known then. Since that time, the department has evolved to become the Department of Classics, which includes Arabic ...

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Susannah Monta


I have greatly enjoyed the fact that Notre Dame emphasizes and values undergraduate education so highly even as it strives to become a top-tier research university. I feel that my undergraduate teaching is truly valued here.


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Marisel Moreno

Romance Languages and Literatures

Given that I was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, I could have never imagined that I would end up working and raising my family in South Bend, Indiana. But ten years living and teaching at the University of Notre Dame have...

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Darcia Narvaez


I am very appreciative of Notre Dame on many fronts. Here are a few.

I appreciate how Notre Dame fosters intellectuals, more so than do many other places. For example, Notre Dame generally offers faculty a great deal of ...

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Alison Rice

Romance Languages and Literatures

I was drawn to a career in academia because of a strong desire to teach, and Notre Dame provides such a wonderful atmosphere for optimizing the pedagogical experience that I have felt very fulfilled here.

I find that the...

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maura ryan

Maura A. Ryan


Currently, I am taking my second turn at administration. From 2001-2004, I served as Associate Provost. For the first two years, my focus was faculty affairs. In my last year in the Provost’s Office, I took responsibility for...