William Collins Donahue

Rev. John J. Cavanaugh, C.S.C., Professor of the Humanities; Director, Initiative for Global Europe, Keough School of Global Affairs

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

(574) 631-5253
William.C.Donahue.36@nd.edu

William Collins Donahue

Rev. John J. Cavanaugh, C.S.C., Professor of the Humanities; Director, Initiative for Global Europe, Keough School of Global Affairs


Areas of expertise: Contemporary German literature and film


William Donahue is the Rev. John J. Cavanaugh, C.S.C., Professor of the Humanities at the University of Notre Dame and director of the Initiative for Global Europe at the Keough School of Global Affairs.

Donahue, who holds a Ph.D. in German Literature from Harvard, is a scholar of contemporary German literature and film. 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 is a concurrent professor of  Film, Television, and Theatre. He also served as chair of Notre Dame’s Department of German and Russian Languages and Literatures.

A fellow of the Nanovic Institute since 2015, 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.