Denise A. Ayo

Associate Director of Undergraduate Programs

Office of the Dean
1010BA Jenkins Nanovic Halls
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556

(574) 631-3590

Denise A. Ayo

Denise A. Ayo is the associate director of undergraduate programs at the Keough School of Global Affairs.

Before joining the Keough School, Ayo served as associate director of Notre Dame’s Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures (CSLC), where she oversaw the majority of the CSLC’s signature programs. She holds a Ph.D. in British and Irish Modern Literature from Notre Dame. Ayo has taught courses and published essays on Irish, modernist, and digital culture, and has co-authored a book chapter on language center management and development. She also has digitized a selection of the work of the Irish-born American literary critic Mary Colum, found at

In 2017, Ayo was awarded a Fulbright grant to spend two intensive weeks in India learning about program designs, organizational structures, quality assurance procedures, and credit and degree expectations in Indian higher education.

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