News » Archives: October 2015

Three Questions with Political Scientist Rev. Robert Dowd

October 28, 2015, Michael O. Garvey


Rev. Robert Dowd, C.S.C., assistant professor of political science, is a fellow of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies and director of its Ford Family Program in Human Development Studies and Solidarity. A popular teacher and scholar of religion’s impact on development and political institutions, he has conducted extensive research on communities and societies throughout Africa. His recently published book, Christianity, Islam and Liberal Democracy: Lessons from Sub-Saharan Africa, provocatively argues that religious diversity in Nigeria and other African countries actually encourages, rather than inhibits, religious tolerance.

Fraga Brings Latino Studies Expertise to Political Commentary, Research

October 17, 2015, Arts and Letters

Luis Fraga

From the Supreme Court to Pope Francis to the 2016 presidential candidates, the issue of immigration is at the forefront of modern political conversations. And the national news media is looking to Notre Dame political scientist Luis Fraga as a trusted voice on the topic. His commentary has appeared in recent NBC News stories on the 1965 Voting Rights Act and barriers to Latino political participation, as well as stories in The Guardian on Pope Francis’ effect on the U.S. immigration debate and in the Houston Chronicle on attracting Latino voters to the 2016 Democratic presidential ticket.

Political Science Major Abby Davis Focuses on Global Migration

October 11, 2015, Jonathan Warren

Abby Davis

From Latvia to Chile, international experiences have become part of daily life for senior Abby Davis, a political science major in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters. Davis has focused her studies on global migration, the politics of language, and international relations—a topic she is exploring further in a senior thesis examining Russia's motivations for annexing Crimea.