As a publication of the University of Notre Dame Keough School of Global Affairs, Dignity and Development covers a broad range of topics related to global affairs.

This first series encourages authors to explore the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on contemporary global affairs within an explicitly normative framework, namely the lens of integral human development. For more on this concept, please read the first article in the series, entitled “The Big Reveal.

The publication is written in English for both professional and general audiences, including academic, policy, and practitioner partners; faculty; and students.


Normative questions:

Each author should focus in some way on the normative questions that can or should be asked regarding the dimension of the COVID-19 crisis discussed in the article. For example:

  • In understanding the issue which you are writing, how can we take into consideration the central value of human dignity and the many dimensions of people’s lives affected by the crisis?
  • How does your commentary engage the notion of the “common good”?
  • What are less obvious aspects of the context (the crisis) that are worth exploring? How can we highlight the implicit, the hidden, the invisible, the ignored?
  • What are possible connections to conceptions of flourishing?
  • How does your article reflect a commitment to the world’s most vulnerable populations?
  • What are the various consequences of the policies and interventions you are discussing?



Before submitting an article, please honor the following guidelines:

  • Write for a global audience.
  • Avoid wonky technical language. Dignity and Development strives to make our ideas accessible to the widest possible audience.
  • Stimulate readers with fresh ideas. Authors are encouraged to take a provocative stand. Provide new insights about your particular circumstance or global issue, or make a strong persuasive argument for a specific course of action.
  • Provide appropriate citations for any facts or quotations your article contains. Contributors are encouraged to provide hyperlinks within written text to support ideas and claims. We do not have staff fact checkers and primarily rely on authors to ensure the veracity of statements.
  • Article length: 750-1,500 words. Think of these as thoughtful mini-essays. You should be able to distill your most salient point into one sentence.
  • All submissions should be accompanied by full contact information; a brief byline (no more than 50 words) describing your current and past positions, recent publications, and relevant experience; and an image. If you do not have an image to provide, one will be selected by the editorial staff.
  • Please inform us if your piece has been submitted to, or published by, another publication. This may affect our ability to accept your submission.
  • Articles may be edited for clarity, style, and length.


How to submit:

Submissions are currently being accepted from University of Notre Dame faculty and staff, faculty and research fellows of the Keough School and its global institutes, and partners and friends of the Keough School.

To submit your article, please send an email to the publication’s managing editor, Clemens Sedmak.