William Collins Donahue

Director, Initiative for Global Europe; Professor of European Studies; Cavanaugh Professor of the Humanities; Professor of German

William Collins Donahue

4159 Jenkins Nanovic Halls
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556

(574) 631-2472
William.C.Donahue.36@nd.edu

William Collins Donahue

Director, Initiative for Global Europe; Professor of European Studies; Cavanaugh Professor of the Humanities; Professor of German


Areas of expertise: Contemporary European studies; Holocaust studies; German Jewish studies; Germany and the European Union; contemporary German literature and film


William Donahue is director of the Initiative for Global Europe in the Keough School of Global Affairs; professor of European studies; the Rev. John J. Cavanaugh, C.S.C., Professor of the Humanities; and professor of German at the University of Notre Dame. He is a faculty fellow of the Keough School’s Nanovic Institute for European Studies. Kellogg Institute for International Studies, and Pulte Institute for Global Development.

A scholar of contemporary German literature and film, Donahue is a concurrent professor of  Film, Television, and Theatre. He is the author of Holocaust as Fiction: Bernhard Schlink’s  “Nazi” Novels and Their Films and The End of Modernism: Elias Canetti’s Auto-da-Fé. He has served as chair of Notre Dame’s Department of German and Russian Languages and Literatures.

Donahue is co-director of the Notre Dame Berlin Seminar, which brings American scholars of German literary and cultural studies together with experts and leading figures of Germany’s literary scene. He holds a PhD in German Literature from Harvard.