The Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study Announces 2023-2024 Class of Faculty Fellows

The Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study (NDIAS) has announced its faculty fellowship class for 2023-2024.

The class is composed of six residential scholars from top universities and four Notre Dame Teaching Lab fellows.

Each fellow will pursue a project related to The Long Run, the guiding research theme of the NDIAS for 2023-2024. The fellowship class will confront the topic collaboratively from a wide variety of disciplinary perspectives, including political science, philosophy, history, English, theology, anthropology, and religious studies.

“We are thrilled to welcome these faculty to the NDIAS community,” said Meghan Sullivan, director of the NDIAS and the Wilsey Family College Professor of Philosophy. “Their projects will push us to stretch our temporal imaginations when we consider the environment, culture, political life, the human story, and the future of religious faith. Our goal in the coming year is to work collaboratively, uncover new insights on old problems, and contribute to how students and the public understand their own place in time.”

The 2023-2024 residential faculty fellows are:

  • Eman Abdelhadi, assistant professor of comparative human development, University of Chicago
  • Cat Bolten, associate professor of anthropology and peace studies, University of Notre Dame
  • Megan Heffernan, associate professor of English, DePaul University
  • Luke Kemp, research associate, Centre for the Study of Existential Risk
  • Marcus Kreuzer, professor of political science, Villanova University
  • Jessica Zu, assistant professor of religion, University of Southern California.

Residential fellows receive a fellowship stipend, a research allowance, and subsidized housing. Additionally, they participate in weekly work-in-progress seminars and receive substantial communication skills training, such as presentation and writing workshops, designed to help them develop work that is accessible to broad audiences.

The 2023-2024 Teaching Lab fellows are:

  • Kimberly Hope Belcher, associate professor of theology, University of Notre Dame
  • Kathleen Sprows Cummings, professor of American studies and history, Director of the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism, University of Notre Dame
  • Paul Kollman, C.S.C., associate professor of theology, University of Notre Dame
  • J.J. Wright, composer, director of the University of Notre Dame folk choir.

The NDIAS Teaching Lab provides resources for the creation of innovative, large-scale courses that will have an impact on the Notre Dame campus and the potential to influence public discourse. Belcher and Wright will develop a course that challenges students to study the diverse history of musical theology on the Psalms and create new lyrics and music of their own. Cummings and Kollman will create a course centered on the study of Catholicism from a global perspective.

The Teaching Lab Fellows will be integrated into the cohort of residential fellows and participate in research seminars, communications workshops, and other NDIAS events.

The faculty cohort will also be joined by a group of Notre Dame graduate fellows, to be announced in the summer of 2023, who will collaborate with the faculty on research projects related to The Long Run and receive mentorship and research guidance from them.

The NDIAS will begin accepting applications for 2024-2025 faculty fellowships during the summer of 2023. To learn more about the faculty fellowship program and the institute, please visit

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Kristian Olsen / Fellowships, Outreach, and Operations Program Manager
Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study / University of Notre Dame / 574.631.2830 / @NotreDameIAS

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