Rev. Robert Dowd, C.S.C.
Assistant Provost for Internationalization
Rev. Robert Dowd, C.S.C., associate professor of political science, assumed the position of assistant provost for internationalization with Notre Dame International in February, 2020. His primary responsibilities include leadership of the Dublin Global Gateway, Kylemore Abbey Global Centre, and the São Paulo Global Center; and future engagement with Africa.
Ordained a Holy Cross Priest in 1994, Father Bob is a Notre Dame graduate with a PhD in political science from UCLA. He comes to Notre Dame International from the Ford Family Program in Human Development and Solidarity. His research interests include African politics, ethnic politics, and the relationship between religion, political institutions, national identity, and human development. He is author of the book, Christianity, Islam and Liberal Democracy: Lessons from sub-Saharan Africa (Oxford University Press, 2015), and several articles on African politics. He is currently focusing on research concerning religion and the integration of migrants/refugees in Europe and North America and the effects of faith-based schools on citizenship and civic engagement in Africa. The Ford Family Program, founded by Dowd in 2008, is part of Notre Dame’s Kellogg Institute for International Studies in the Keough School of Global Affairs. While assuming his new responsibilities with NDI, he will continue to direct the Ford Program through June 2020.