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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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...

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...

Lifetime achievement award from American Psychological Association

Mark Cummings is a Nanovic Fellow and the William J. Shaw Center for Children and Families Professor of Psychology at Notre Dame.

The globalization of a heart

Thomas Doran ('19) engaged in a service internship at Joel Nafuma Refugee Center during the summer of 2017 with help from the Nanovic Institute and the Notre Dame Rome Global...

Completion of Nanovic Hall brings social sciences students and faculty together

Nanovic Hall, the state-of-the-art new home to the Departments of Economics, Political Science, and Sociology, their affiliated centers and programs, and the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, includes laboratory and research spaces, classrooms,...

Student Spotlight: Beverly Kyalwazi

How do British junior doctors help ensure their voices are heard regarding working conditions that are optimal for patient care? Aspiring physician, Beverly Kyalwazi (’17), recently traveled to London to...

Student Spotlight: Stacy Sivinski

Stacy Sivinsky, a doctoral candidate in English, receive a Nanovic Institute's graduate professionalization grant to travel to England to attend a George Egerton conference at Loughborough University and interact with...

Nanovic and Mendoza to host European Catholic university officials for executive education program

The Catholic Leadership Institute is an intensive management training program for higher education professionals that has been internationalized to serve those working in former Soviet bloc countries.

Student Spotlight: Michael Rossetti

Master of Divinity student, Michael Rossetti, recently returned from Siena, Italy where he served the elderly and disabled, and grew in his Italian conversational skills as well. He recently wrote...

Spotlight on ‘Literature and Inter-Religious Understanding’

We take a closer look at this two-part course taught by Vittorio Montemaggi in Fall 2016, which saw our students venture as far as Jerusalem.

Notre Dame theologian and Holy Cross priest to address U.S. bishops on refugees and migration

Rev. Daniel Groody, C.S.C., associate professor of theology and Nanovic fellow, will address the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on the theology of migration during the bishops’ annual Spring...

Video: Two Nanovic Grant Recipients featured in Class of 2017 reflects on how the liberal arts shaped their lives — and their futures

Congratulations to the Class of 2017! This video, screened at the Arts and Letters Diploma Ceremony, features several seniors reflecting on their time at Notre Dame and in the College...

The Demonstrable Impact

The 2016-17 academic year marks the 15th year the Nanovic Institute has provided grants for Notre Dame students to pursue research, internships, service, and language training in Europe.  The Institute...

Two Nanovic Fellows Receive 2017 Global Gateway Faculty Research Award

The GGFRA program was developed to highlight the potential of the University of Notre Dame’s Global Gateways for the advancement of research and scholarship at the University.

Visiting Scholars: Summer 2017

Marcela Andoková Comenius University of Bratislava, Slovak Republic Faculty of Arts, Department of Classical and Semitic Philology Marcela's research areas include classical philology, early-Christian and patristic studies, ancient and modern...

Wright’s ‘Drama and Devotion’ brings jazz to church at Rome’s historic Chiesa Nuova

J.J. Wright, University of Notre Dame doctoral candidate in sacred music and Grammy award-winning composer, will premiere his five-part composition “Drama and Devotion” on June 1 (Thursday) at Chiesa Nuova...

Student Spotlight: Lea Hix

The Physician Assistant (PA) is now known as the 3rd best job in the U.S., but is still relatively unknown in most countries. Lea Hix (’17) investigates the early stages...

Eileen Botting appointed director of merit scholarship programs

Nanovic Fellow Eileen Hunt Botting, professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame, has been appointed director of merit scholarship programs at the University.

Recent Acquisition: First Edition Frankenstein (1818)

Rare Books and Special Collections shares news about an original 1818 edition of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.

Summer Travel and Research

The Nanovic Institute is sponsoring graduate and undergraduate students undertaking summer research projects in eleven European countries.

Student Spotlight: Lorenzo Dell'Oso

Lorenzo Dell'Oso, a doctoral candidate in Italian, received a Nanovic Academic Year Travel and Research Grant for his project "From Philology to Newton's Optics, from printers to engravers: one research...

Notre Dame makes additions to Fellows and Board of Trustees

Nanovic Fellow Rev. Paul V. Kollman, C.S.C. from the department of theology is one of five new members elected to the Board of Trustees at the University of Notre Dame.  ...

Student Spotlight: Jean Carlo Yunén Aróstegui

Jean Carlo Yunén Aróstegui, a senior with majors in Film, Theatre and Television and Environmental Science, travelled to Norway over spring break to pursue a project on documenting climate change.  Read more about...

History professor Felipe Fernández-Armesto awarded Civil Order of Alfonso X the Wise

Nanovic Fellow Felipe Fernández-Armesto has received Spain's highest honor for contributors to science, scholarship, education, and the arts.

Medieval Latin Class Travels to Milan

This spring, Professor Hildegund Müller’s Introduction to Medieval Latin course travelled to Milan to study manuscripts at the Biblioteca Ambrosiana. Their visit offered the opportunity to not only handle manuscripts...

Asylum in Austria

This spring, the Institute funded a faculty-led seminar to Salzburg to explore the complex phenomenon of asylum seeking in Europe.

33 students and alumni win prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Awards and honorable mentions

The NSF GRFP recognizes and supports outstanding graduate and graduating undergraduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and social science disciplines who are pursuing research-based degrees. One of...

Four Arts and Letters faculty members win ACLS fellowships

Four faculty members in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters have been awarded 2017 fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies including Nanovic Fellow Evan Ragland from the...

Rome Reflections

With financial support from the Nanovic Institute, the Holy Cross Office of Vocations sent a group of students on a discernment pilgrimage to Rome during spring break. In addition to...

Arts and Letters associate dean named chair of the International Shakespeare Association

Nanovic Fellow Peter Holland, the College of Arts and Letters’ associate dean for the arts and the McMeel Family Chair in Shakespeare Studies, has been named chair of the International...

Paolo Carozza awarded honorary doctorate

Pázmány Péter Catholic University awarded an honorary doctorate to Nanovic Fellow Paolo Carozza, director of the Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies and law professor at Notre Dame Law School,...

Student Spotlight: Flannan Hehir

Mechanical engineering major Flannan Hehir '18 travelled over spring break to research core renewable energy technology and clean energy technology in Germany.

Law Symposium Examines the International Impact of Sports

A symposium on Friday at Notre Dame Law School explored the growing international impact of sports with presentations by speakers, students, and former Fighting Irish football star Raghib “Rocket” Ismail,...

Video: History Ph.D. candidate Adam Foley on winning the Rome Prize

Adam Foley won a 2015-2016 Rome Prize fellowship, awarded by the American Academy in Rome. The Rome Prize supports innovative and cross-disciplinary work in the arts and humanities. Prior to...

Student Spotlight: Aileen Markovitz

Nothing can prepare a young opera student to learn the art of singing Italian opera like a month-long intensive program training with top European opera coaches in northern Italy. Thanks...

Student Spotlight: Amanda Bartolini

How does the most glamorous industry prepare for its most glamorous event? Amanda Bartolini (’17), a double-major in Marketing and in Film, Television, & Theatre, received a European Internship and...

New Nanovic Fellows: Spring 2017

With now more than 170 members across campus, the Institute welcomes the following new fellows.

Student Spotlight: Robert Myak

In preparation for his senior thesis, Robert Myak recently traveled to Spain to investigate how the contention between modernity and the Catholic Church influenced the principal laic and ecclesiastical characters...

Student Spotlight: Dearbhla Fay

Sir Roger Casement's time in Germany is often overlooked in Irish historiography of the 1916 Easter Rising. Dearbhla Fay ('17), a double major in History and German, received a Summer...