Director and Staff

William Collins Donahue

William Collins Donahue

Director and Rev. John J. Cavanaugh, C.S.C., Professor of the Humanities

1060E Nanovic Hall (574) 631-5253

William Collins Donahue, the Rev. John J. Cavanaugh, C.S.C., Professor of the Humanities, has served as Director of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies since 2018. He is a member of the Department of German and Russian Languages and Literatures, where he has served as Chair since 2015. 

Monica Caro

Monica Caro

Senior Associate Director

1060F Nanovic Hall (574) 631-3547

Monica serves as a staff manager, oversees planning and protocol for events, the administration of the Laura Shannon Prize in Contemporary European Studies, and the Catholic Leadership Institute for the Catholic Universities Partnership.

Sharon Konopka

Sharon Konopka

Business Associate

1060B Nanovic Hall (574) 631-5253

Sharon oversees all financial services for the Nanovic Institute. She also handles the housing and logistics for the visiting scholar programs and assists the Director with daily operations.

Jennifer Lechtanski

Jennifer Lechtanski

Graphic Designer

1060I Nanovic Hall (574) 631-3548

Jennifer oversees graphic design and publication production for both the Nanovic Institute for European Studies and the Liu Institute for Asia & Asian Studies.

Melanie Webb

Melanie Webb

Operations Assistant Director

1060G Nanovic Hall (574) 631-5123

Melanie coordinates the logistics of Nanovic Institute sponsored events and guests.

Connor Bran

Connor Bran

Communications and Publications Coordinator

1060J Nanovic Hall (574) 631-9142

Connor serves as a content creator and editor for the Nanovic Institute. He also helps administer the Laura Shannon Book Prize in Contemporary European Studies, and assists in the curation of the Institute’s databases and publications.   

Mark T. Kettler

Mark T. Kettler

Postdoctoral Research Associate

1060M Nanovic Hall (574) 631-3546

Mark serves as an instructor of European Studies for the Nanovic Institute. He assists in curricular development and the organization of the institute’s new Initiative for Contemporary Europe. His courses include, “What is Europe”, “Berlin, Brussels, and Beyond”, and “European Studies Beyond the Classroom”.

Heather Stanfiel

Heather Stanfiel

Postdoctoral Research Associate

1060P Nanovic Hall (574) 631-4582

Heather teaches courses in European Studies and promotes the development of the Initiative for Contemporary Europe at the Nanovic Institute. She also coordinates the Nanovic Film Series and advises the European Union Club at Notre Dame.