William Collins Donahue – Keough School

On leave for the 2022-23 academic year


contemporary European studies; Holocaust studies; German Jewish Studies; Germany and the European Union; contemporary German literature and cinema

At Keough School

William Donahue is director of the Initiative for Global Europe at the Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame. He is a faculty member at Keough School’s Nanovic Institute for European Studies. Kellogg Institute for International Studies, and Pulte Institute for Global Development.



Donahue is a professor of European studies; the Reverend John J. Cavanaugh, CSC, professor of humanities; and professor of German at the University of Notre-Dame. A specialist in contemporary German literature and cinema, Donahue is concurrent professor of Cinema, television and theatre. He is the author of The Holocaust as fiction: Bernhard Schlink’s “Nazi” novels and their films and The End of Modernism: Auto-da-Fé by Elias Canetti. He was president of Notre Dame’s Department of German and Russian Languages ​​and Literatures.

Donahue is co-director of the Notre Dame Berlin Seminar, which brings together American specialists in German literary and cultural studies with experts and personalities from the German literary scene. He holds a doctorate in German literature from Harvard.

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