The Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism is widely recognized as the leading center for the historical study of Roman Catholicism in the United States. Cushwa Center seminars, conferences, and research projects, many of which produce scholarly volumes or popular educational publications, engage a national body of historians and colleagues from theology, women's studies, sociology, religious studies, American studies, and English.
"The Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies aims to advance investigation in comparative international studies. Each year, the Institute brings to campus about 15 residential Visiting Fellows from the United States and abroad. The Institute also comprises more than 60 Kellogg Fellows, all of whom are Notre Dame faculty members, coming from 16 departments, and it awards individual support to faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates for international research or internships. Through program activities, the Kellogg Institute fosters interdisciplinary research on contemporary political, economic, social, and religious issues.
The Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies is an interdisciplinary project devoted to teaching and research in Irish culture in all its internal and external relations. Established in 1993 under the intellectual leadership of Professor Seamus Deane, the Keough-Naughton Institute’s faculty now includes leaders in Literature, History, Film, Television and Theater and it is regularly supplemented by visiting professors, some of whom come to Notre Dame as Naughton Fellows in a reciprocal arrangement with Irish universities. Its aim is to extend the range of the Institute to include or enrich other areas — musicology, sociology, law, politics and government among them — and to create at Notre Dame not only a centre of excellence in Irish Studies but a paradigm program of university education for the contemporary era.
The Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame conducts research, education, and outreach programs on the causes of violence and the conditions for sustainable peace. The Institute's research agenda focuses on the religious and ethnic dimensions of conflict and peacebuilding; the ethics of the use of force; and the peacemaking role of international norms, policies and institutions, including a focus on economic sanctions and enforcement of human rights. In addition to individual research by faculty in a wide range of disciplines, the Institute organizes collaborative research projects on these themes.
The Institute for Latino Studies, in keeping with the distinctive mission, values, and traditions of the University of Notre Dame, promotes understanding and appreciation of the social, cultural, and religious life of U.S. Latinos through advancing research, expanding knowledge, and strengthening community.
The Medieval Institute, founded in 1946, coordinates the teaching and research of the largest contingent of medievalists of any North American University. Faculty and students explore together the cultures and experiences of the Arab, Jewish, Latin, and Orthodox medieval worlds. The Institute sponsors lectures, conferences, and publications.
The Nanovic Institute is dedicated to broadening the learning experience at Notre Dame by supporting teaching and research in contemporary European affairs. Through grants and programs, symposia, and special events, the Institute provides an interdisciplinary home for undergraduate and graduate students and faculty to explore the evolving ideas, identities, institutions, and beliefs that shape Europe today.
In keeping with the University’s mission as a preeminent Catholic university, the Center endeavors to make a distinctive contribution to the humanistic understanding of science and technology. The Center is committed to advancing our knowledge (a) of science and technology as human, knowledge-producing endeavors, and (b) of the variety of ways these rapidly changing institutions affect and are, in turn, influenced by society at large.
Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary academic program that analyzes the significance of gender-and the cognate subjects of sex, sexuality, race, ethnicity, and class-in all areas of human life around the globe.