Nanovic Institute

The Nanovic Institute promotes and supports research on a broad range of issues relating to the social, cultural, political, economic, and religious dynamics of Europe. The Institute is particularly interested in research that has implications for contemporary debates about European unification and division, though the concept of unification is not restricted to any particular period. The Institute promotes interdisciplinary projects that transcend a focus on any one country, state, or people to stimulate new ways of thinking about Europe as a whole.

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Developing Linguistic, Cultural, and Research Groundwork in Cologne, Germany

During a four-week summer intensive German course in Cologne, Germany, Paul Wheatley, a doctoral student in Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity developed crucial proficiency in German language and cultural understanding....

Graduate Student Spotlight: Daniel Contreras

What does Thomas Aquinas have to do with Greece? With Nanovic Institute support, Daniel Contreras (PhD student, Medieval Studies) recently traveled to Athens to participate in the annual Symposium Thomisticum,...

Student Spotlight: Adam Kulam

As the Barrett Family Endowment awardee for top undergraduate grant proposal, Adam ('19, Economics and English) received funding to conduct research this summer in Reykjavik, Iceland. He is interested in learning more about how the...

Historian John Deak receives Austrian State Prize for research on pre-World War I empire

Deak, an associate professor in the Department of History and fellow of the Nanovic Institute, was awarded the 2018 Austrian State Prize in History for his book, Forging a Multinational...

Ukraine 2018: Thoughts for Young Researchers

Reflections from a recent trip to western Ukraine to inspire new student proposals for research, internship, and service through the Nanovic Institute.

Seven Visiting Scholars to Join Nanovic Institute this Summer

The Nanovic Institute is pleased to welcome seven visiting scholars this summer, from Catholic universities in Poland, Hungary, and Georgia.

A. James McAdams Awarded Honorary Degree from Ukrainian Catholic University

Since his first visit to Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU) in 2004, A. James McAdams has been a faithful advocate of the institution. In recognition of his sustained commitment to the...

Jacob Vila Wins 2018 Wegs Prize

Vila with his faculty advisor, Rory Rapple The Nanovic Institute is pleased to announce that Jacob Vila has won the 2018 J. Robert Wegs Prize for Best Minor in European Studies...

Student Spotlight: Joan Becker

Joan Becker (class of '19, PLS major) traveled to France, Germany, and Belgium to conduct research for the hand-bound, illustrated book she plans to craft for her senior project.

Grad Student Spotlight: Lucia Manzi

Lucia Manzi (Ph.D. candidate, Political Science) presented her paper, “New Convictions: Italian Judicial Networks, Mafias, and Corruption Trials,” at the 25th International Conference of Europeanists in Chicago.

Nanovic Director and Three Faculty Fellows Win Joyce Teaching Awards

Nanovic Institute Director, A. James McAdams, and three Nanovic faculty fellows, Brian Krostenko, Anre Vanter, and Henry Weinfiled are among the twenty Notre Dame faculty members to receive the Rev. Edmund P. Joyce,...

2018-19 Winners of Tobin and Annese Dissertation Fellowships

Matteo Bianchetti, Ashely Foster, and Charles Yost have been awarded the 2018-19 Tobin Dissertation Fellowship. Raymond Drause and Heather Stanfiel have been granted the 2018-19 Annese Fellowship in Graduate Studies.

William Donahue, scholar of German literature and film, to lead Nanovic Institute for European Studies

A fellow of the Nanovic Institute since 2015, Donahue is co-director of the Notre Dame Berlin Seminar, which brings American scholars of German literary and cultural studies together with experts...

McDowell Untangles a Cold-War Litigation Saga

During the 1950s, the U.S. made the highly unusual decision to sue the Soviet Union six times in international court. With a Nanovic research grant, Steven McDowell (Ph.D. candidate, Political Science)...

Schlöndorff and Walker to give distinguished lectures at 1968 conference

Volker Schlöndorff and Ignacio Walker, two eminent figures from the 1968 era, will deliver public lectures at the upcoming conference at Notre Dame, “1968 in Europe and Latin America,” jointly...

Perfecting Medieval Chant in Paris

Two of the best teachers of medieval music and chant currently work at the Sorbonne University in Paris. With the support of the Nanovic Institute, Victoria Fraser had the opportunity...

Student Spotlight: Cornelius McGrath

Cornelius McGrath, class of 2017, talks about his experience with the Nanovic Institute for European Studies. Continue watching Cornelius McGrath on his entrepreneurial path on his YouTube, LinkedIn, or Twitter…

Student Spotlight: Alexandra Tatarian

Alexandra Tatarian is a junior pre-med student with a passion for poetry.  She traveled to Ireland to learn how to use poetry to better inform the public about science and...

Student Spotlight: Maria Ines Aranguren

María Inés Aranguren, a senior computer science major, competed in a Vatican City "hackathon" aimed at solving global problems with technological innovation.

Notre Dame Law Students Win Moot Court Competition in Bologna

How should the law balance the principle of religious liberty with the principle of non-discrimination? With the support of the Nanovic Institute, second-year Notre Dame Law School students Megan Ball,...

Manifesto destiny

A professor's new book traces the history of the Communist Party.

Catherine Day to Give Barrett Family Lecture in Dublin, Ireland

Catherine Day, former Secretary-General of the European Commission, will deliver the Barrett Family Lecture in Dublin, Ireland on Wednesday, April 18th, 2018. She will present her lecture, entitled “Will the...

Student Spotlight: Michaela Mahon

Over Spring Break, Michaela Mahon (’19) visited Freetown Christiania, a 50-year-old communal settlement in downtown Copenhagen, to learn what happens when people have complete architectural freedom.  Click below to learn...

Student Spotlight: Erica Machulak

At the end of a long period of study, research, and teaching, graduate students writing dissertations need time to sit down and write.

Eyes on Europe: The Italian Elections

Lucia Manzi answers questions about populism and party politics in Italy today. A Ph.D. candidate in Political Science, and currently a Graduate Fellow at the Institute (17/18), Manzi's dissertation focuses...

Student Spotlight: Daniel DeToro

The British brutally suppressed insurgencies in Kenya and Malaya during the disintegration of the empire, Dan DeToro (’17), investigates the economic rationale behind the counterinsurgency campaigns in both territories.

Grad Student Spotlight: Colleen Mitchell

Is the best life the life of charity? According to Colleen Mitchell (Ph.D. candidate, Political Science), Augustine thought so. She presented her research on this idea at a conference in Rome

Student Spotlight: Shinkyu (James) Lee

Shinkyu (James) Lee presented his paper entitled “Defiant Realism: Arendtian Reflections on Peace” at the American Political Science Association.

Student Spotlight: Benjamin Gallucci-Wright

Benjamin Gallucci-Wright (doctoral candidate in Medieval Studies) visited the archives of the Vatican Library in Rome and the Royal Library in Brussels.

Notre Dame senior Brittany Ebeling named Michel David-Weill Laureate

An international economics major with a concentration in French and a supplementary major in peace studies, Brittany Ebeling has been named the 2018 Michel David-Weill Laureate, allowing her to pursue...

Irish language and literature professor wins ACLS fellowship for research on bardic poetry

Sarah McKibben, an associate professor of Irish language and literature, has won a prestigious fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies for her book project, “Tradition Transformed: Bardic Poetry and...

Student Spotlight: Jelena Jankovic-Rankovic

With a Nanovic Institute grant, Jelena Jankovic-Rankovic gained first-hand knowledge of the refugee crisis in Belgrade, Serbia.

Student Spotlight: Madeline Fairman

Over Winter Break, junior architecture student Madeline Fairman traveled to Vienna, Milan, and Brussels on a Nanovic Institute grant to study the Art Nouveau movement.

Student Spotlight: Allison Bartoszewicz

As part of an educational institution focused on developing the whole person, the Nanovic Institute makes a certain number of grants available to students committed to service and spiritual discernment....

Student Spotlight: Fintech in Finland

Seniors Nick Courtney, Michael McRoskey, and Soren Kyhl travelled to Finland to investigate a new technology called blockchain, which has the potential to revolutionize refugee resettlement, banking, and much more....

Graduate Conference Q&A: Human Nature

In anticipation of their upcoming graduate conference, "Theorizing Human Nature: Bridge or Barrier in Contemporary Discourse," the organizers answer a few informational questions about it below.…

Student Spotlight: Francesco Tassi

A lecture on refugees at Notre Dame set Francesco Tassi on a different path — one that led him to travel through Italy for three months to study refugee integration...

Student Spotlight: Matthew Hayes

Matthew Hayes, a senior with a major in Architecture and Concentration in Furniture Design, traveled on a Break Travel and Research Grant from the Nanovic Institute to compile research for his...

Juniors: Reaching Depths

Students in their junior year can discover the depth and complexity of European topics or questions that, if explored more fully, could spur them to undertake a substantial senior thesis...

Exploration and Next Steps

The Institute supports Notre Dame students at every stage of their academic careers, but first experiences abroad can often be tentative and as students settle into major courses of study as...

Keough family's gift expands the Snite Museum’s Irish art collection

The Snite Museum of Art announced a gift from the Donald and Marilyn Keough family of 19 modern and contemporary paintings by Irish artists. 

Students Meet Pope, Discuss Nuclear Disarmament

With the support of the Nanovic Institute, four Notre Dame students traveled to Vatican City to meet the Pope and attend a conference on nuclear disarmament.

Student Spotlight: Joe DeLuca '17

Joe DeLuca ’17, a double major in history and economics, discusses the impact of his Nanovic Institute travel and research grant to Vienna, Austria to work on his senior honors thesis and...

Nanovic Institute Awards Laura Shannon Prize to "The Work of the Dead"

The Nanovic Institute for European Studies has awarded the 2018 Laura Shannon Prize in Contemporary European Studies to Thomas W. Laqueur for his book The Work of the Dead: A...

Remembering the ND Villa During Fascism - A testimony from Giacometta Limentani, a former student of the Jewish school

It is one thing to read history, another to hear it come alive through personal testimony in the same location where it took place seven decades ago. 

Where can a semester in London lead? An English graduate student’s perspective

Amanda Bohne received a Graduate Travel and Research Grants to Europe from the Nanovic Institute in 2014-15 and 2013-14.  She reflects on the opportunities that London opened up for her and...

Researching the Cloud in Switzerland

Swiss banks use the cloud differently from American ones. With the support of the Nanovic Institute, Margaret Thomann traveled to Switzerland to learn why.

Fellow Research Honored in Milan

Nanovic Fellow Robert R. Coleman, Professor Emeritus of Italian Renaissance and Baroque Art History, Department of Art, Art History and Design was admitted as academicus to the Classe di Studi Borromaici...

Faculty Spotlight: John Deak

Funded in part by the Institute, Nanovic Fellow John Deak (History) published an article recently in The American Historical Review. In the following interview, Professor Deak discusses his paper and...

Life in Nanovic Hall

Before the move in late July, Institute staff anticipated that foot traffic in the Institute would likely increase. This has been the case by several orders of magnitude, but the...

Beyond the tourist trail: interns explore Catholic education in Slovakia

Judy Hutchinson reflects on a four-day trip to Bardejov, Slovakia, with students participating in the London Global Gateway’s Internship Program sponsored by the Nanovic Institute for European Studies.

New book examines global impact of leaders on Communist Party

In “Vanguard of the Revolution: The Global Idea of the Communist Party” (Princeton University Press, 2017), author A. James McAdams seeks to understand how such a significant institution could be so...

The lasting impact of Martin Luther and the Reformation

Brad S. Gregory, the Dorothy G. Griffin Professor of Early Modern European History at the University of Notre Dame and Fellow of the Nanovic Institute, explains how Martin Luther's 95...

Historian Patrick Griffin appointed director of Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies

Patrick Griffin, the Madden-Hennebry Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame, has been appointed director of the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies, effective Jan. 1, 2018.  Professor Griffin...

In the News: Vanguard of the Revolution

A. James McAdams, Director of the Nanovic Institute, has received praise for his recent book, Vanguard of the Revolution: The Global Idea of the Communist Party.  

2 years, 35 students, $125,000 in funding: History seminar prepares undergraduates to do research around the world

Students in Paul Ocobock’s honors seminar have had great success securing funding for international research.  One of the students, Tianyi Tan, conducted research in the Archives Nationales in Paris with funding...

Faculty Spotlight: Tom Gresik

Tom Gresik discusses his recent article on income shifting and his appointment to the Advisory Board at the Norwegian Center for Taxation.

Across the Trans-Siberian Railway

JR and Natalia Drause encounter diverse religious communities on their journey across the Trans-Siberian Railway.

Visiting Scholars: Lunches & Lectures in November

Two visiting scholars join the Nanovic Institute for the fall semester: Tomasz Sieniow from John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Poland and Sophia Opatska from the Lviv Business School.  They will each present a lunchtime...

Peace Studies Senior Reflects on High-Level Church Internships

Sarah Bueter, with successive internships now under her belt sponsored in part by the Nanovic Institute, has returned to campus for her senior year as a Peace Studies and Theology...