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 at the University of Notre Dame, began serving as Director of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies in 2018. He is a member of the Department of German and Russian Languages and Literatures, where he has served as Chair since 2015. He is also Concurrent Professor in the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre and is co-director of the Notre Dame Berlin Seminar, which brings American scholars of German literary and cultural studies together with experts and leading figures of Germany’s literary scene.

Donahue holds a Ph.D. in German literature from Harvard University and is an internationally recognized scholar of contemporary German literature and film. He is the author of numerous books and articles, including Holocaust as Fiction: Bernhard Schlink’s “Nazi” Novels and their Films and The End of Modernism: Elias Canetti’s Auto-da-Fé. He is currently working on a book project on Elias Canetti’s literary legacy and is studying Holocaust literature by exploring an analogy with Stolpersteine—small pavement stones throughout Europe that commemorate Holocaust victims.