Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study Names New Associate Director

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Maria Di Pasquale will join the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study (NDIAS) as associate director beginning on November 9, 2020. As associate director, Di Pasquale will oversee the Institute’s budget and financial planning, provide strategic research and fellowship support, and supervise NDIAS staff.

“We are so excited to welcome Maria to the Institute,” said Meghan Sullivan, director of the NDIAS and the Wilsey Family College Professor of Philosophy. “She brings a wealth of experience with strategic planning, especially with her phenomenal track record in supporting new teaching and research initiatives in the College of Arts and Letters. To her new role at the Institute, Maria brings extraordinary dedication to promoting new research initiatives at Notre Dame and to going the extra mile for our researchers and students.”  

Before joining NDIAS, Di Pasquale was the academic advancement director in the College of Arts and Letters for more than nine years. There she worked to promote the college’s funding priorities with fundraisers and benefactors and served as the liaison between the dean and faculty of the college and the University of Notre Dame's Office of Development.

“I am tremendously excited to become part of the NDIAS,” Di Pasquale said. “The interdisciplinary research communities it assembles each year are remarkable, and the unique environment it provides to faculty, graduate, and undergraduate fellows has led to impressive research results. The Institute as a whole is growing and thriving, with big new ideas always on the horizon. I’m looking forward to joining the talented staff of the NDIAS and helping the Institute continue to flourish during this exciting period in its history.”

Di Pasquale graduated cum laude from Notre Dame with degrees in art history and English and earned an M.A. in art history from Williams College and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. Her dissertation examined the work of Catholic painters who were members of the avant garde in late 19th-century France.

She has taught at the University of Texas, George Washington University, and UCLA, where she was named Outstanding Instructor of the Year. She has also worked at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, California. Before returning to Notre Dame in 2011, Di Pasquale founded Illuminating Art Experiences, an art historical lecture and touring service, offering mobile seminars in the museums of greater Los Angeles and guided art historical travel around the country.

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