Hannah Hemphill was appointed Academic Director of the Jerusalem Global Gateway in September 2018. In her role, she promotes and leads a successful academic program for Notre Dame undergraduates studying in Jerusalem. Additionally, she provides academic oversight for future research programs, enhances Notre Dame’s scholarly and research visibility within the region, develops and deepens collaborations with universities in the Middle East, and creates pathways for Notre Dame faculty, post-docs, and graduate students to extend the global reach of their research and scholarship.
Hemphill studied in Jerusalem as an undergraduate and a graduate student. From 2011 to 2014, she served as co-director of Notre Dame’s study abroad programs at Tantur in Jerusalem. She also inaugurated Notre Dame's undergraduate pilgrimages to the Holy Land. Hemphill holds master’s degrees in Philosophy (St. Andrews), Theology (Notre Dame), and Jewish Studies (Oxford). She received her PhD in Theology from Notre Dame in May 2019.