International Studies

Overview

Notre Dame’s Kellogg Institute for International Studies is considered among the nation’s most visible and prestigious centers for the study of international issues.

While most centers of its kind do not seek to develop signature areas of excellence, Kellogg has long followed a strategy of identifying themes of exceptional importance to our world and then working to make transformative contributions in support of them. Two overarching themes—democracy and human development—are at the core of its efforts.

Embodying the twin aspirations of effective political participation and improved human welfare, democracy and human development are among the most critical and challenging issues facing us in the 21st century. They also resonate with the normative questions that inspire a Catholic university, occupying a central place in the Church’s teachings about human dignity.

Building on geographic strengths in Latin America and increasingly in Africa and other world regions, Kellogg’s focus on democracy and human development allows it to engage energetically in initiatives across the globe and in the developing world in particular. Such an approach reflects the institute’s primary ambition to promote research, teaching, and linkages related to these two broad themes rather than to specialize in specific countries or regions.

With faculty fellows and students drawn from across the University and a large cohort of visiting scholars, the institute is positioned not only to advance democracy and human development but also to continue to support a wide range of initiatives on the international front, including close collaborations with other units at Notre Dame.

Kellogg has long followed a strategy of identifying themes of exceptional importance to our world and then working to make transformative contributions in support of them.

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Goals

The Kellogg Institute has identified three overarching goals as part of its strategic planning process, each of which advances two or more of the five University-wide goals:

1. Promote research excellence on critical global challenges, and in particular on democracy and human development

University Goals Supported

  • Goal I: Ensure that our Catholic character informs all our endeavors
  • Goal III: Advance human understanding through scholarship, research, and post-baccalaureate programs that seek to heal, unify, and enlighten
  • Goal V: Engage in external collaborations that extend and deepen Notre Dame’s impact

Strategies

  1. Enhance the institute’s international reputation for excellence in democracy studies in the developing world as well as in Latin American politics and history
  2. Expand significantly on and achieve international visibility in research on human development, with a special focus on Africa and Latin America
  3. Support diverse faculty research interests to advance Notre Dame’s goal of making research in international studies a signature strength

2. Provide exceptional educational opportunities for Notre Dame students

University Goals Supported

  • Goal II: Offer an unsurpassed undergraduate education that nurtures the formation of mind, body, and spirit
  • Goal III: Advance human understanding through scholarship, research, and post-baccalaureate programs that seek to heal, unify, and enlighten
  • Goal V: Engage in external collaborations that extend and deepen Notre Dame’s impact

Strategies

  1. Attract the best graduate students to Notre Dame and enhance opportunities for the next generation of scholars to pursue original, high-quality research on international themes
  2. Increase opportunities for undergraduates to conduct and present original, high-quality research on international themes
  3. Engage undergraduates in the world and promote global citizenship

3. Build linkages to support the University’s strategic goals on internationalization

University Goals Supported

  • Goal III: Advance human understanding through scholarship, research, and post-baccalaureate programs that seek to heal, unify, and enlighten
  • Goal V: Engage in external collaborations that extend and deepen Notre Dame’s impact

Strategies

  1. Build bridges across the University around the institute’s core themes and collaborate on campus-wide initiatives supporting Notre Dame’s internationalization goals
  2. Forge strategic partnerships, taking advantage of special geographical opportunities, to reach out locally, nationally, and internationally
  3. Engage faculty research with public policy debates on key international issues

Learn more about the Kellogg Institute for International Studies by visiting kellogg.nd.edu.