Nanovic staff with former President and first lady Koehler of Germany

The Nanovic Institute is a large, flexible, and international community of students, faculty, and staff.

Director and Staff members

The current director is A. James McAdams, William M. Scholl Professor of International Affairs. Professor McAdams has been director of the Nanovic Institute since 2002. Nanovic Institute staff members assist the director and uphold the mission of the institute through programming and events.

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Advisory Board

The advisory board of the Nanovic Institute is composed of distinguished individuals outside the University that advise the director on the direction and progress of the institute. The advisory board also advises the President and the Provost of the University on a variety of matters related to the continued success of the Nanovic Institute.

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Faculty Committee

The "Faculty Committee consists of six tenured University faculty members who are elected by the Faculty Fellows for a term of two years and represent the Institute’s primary advisory body.

Term 2011-2013

  • Margot Fassler
    Keough-Hesburgh Professor of Music History and Liturgy
    Co-Director of the Master of Sacred Music Program
  • Robin Rhodes
    Associate Professor, Ancient Art History, Art, Art History & Design
    Concurrent Associate Professor, Department of Classics

Term 2012-2014

  • Chris Becker
    Associate Professor, Department of Film, Television, and Theatre
  • Joseph Buttigieg
    William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of English, Director, PhD in Literature Program
    Director, The Hesburgh-Yusko Scholars Program, Co-Director, Italian Studies at Notre Dame
  • Alyssa Dinega Gillespie
    Associate Professor of Russian and Co-Director, Program in Russian and East European Studies


The Institute is the conceptual home for a large and broad base of affiliated faculty from Notre Dame and its peer institutions across Europe. Faculty may affiliate themselves with the Institute in a variety of ways, depending on their changing circumstances and projects. In this way, the Institute remains flexible, responsive, and adaptive to emerging themes of importance.

Over 140 faculty from over twenty-five departments and schools affiliate with the Institute. They design symposia, gather for panel presentations and lectures, host visiting speakers, and serve as crucial mentors for graduate students and undergraduates. Several of them are transforming the way they teach by internationalizing their classrooms with the Institute’s financial support.

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Visiting Scholars

Every semester the Institute provides a home to two visiting scholars from European universities. One is an Italian Fulbright Scholar. During the summer, the Institute hosts eight to ten scholars from Europe, typically from our Catholic University Partnership institutions.

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The Nanovic Institute engages undergraduate students at Notre Dame through our Minor in European Studies as well as scholarship through our generous grant programs. The institute also engages graduate students through research and fellowship opportunities.

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