William Collins Donahue

Rev. John J. Cavanaugh, C.S.C., Professor of the Humanities; Director, Nanovic Institute for European Studies

1060E Nanovic Hall
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556

(574) 631-5253

William Collins Donahue

Areas of expertise: Contemporary German literature and film

William Donahue is the Rev. John J. Cavanaugh, C.S.C., Professor of the Humanities at Notre Dame and director of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies.

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 has served as chair of Notre Dame’s Department of German and Russian Languages and Literatures since 2015. He is also a concurrent professor of Film, Television, and Theatre.

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.