The Ford Program at Notre Dame
Since Notre Dame’s founding in 1842, its faculty and students have devoted themselves to making a positive difference in the world through their teaching, research, and service. Now, thanks to the international partnerships being forged through the Ford Program, Notre Dame is poised to make an even greater contribution to human wellbeing.
As Notre Dame affirms in its mission statement, “the University seeks to cultivate in its students . . . a disciplined sensibility to the poverty, injustice and oppression that burden the lives of so many. The aim is to create a sense of human solidarity and concern for the common good that will bear fruit as learning becomes service to justice.” The statement continues, “Notre Dame also has a responsibility to advance knowledge in a search for truth through original inquiry and publication . . . the University is committed to constructive and critical engagement with the whole of human culture.”
The Ford Program’s work lies at the intersection of these university aims, cultivating a sense of solidarity with the poor while seeking truth through serious scholarship.
The Kellogg Institute
The Ford Program, established in 2008 through the generosity of the Doug and Kathy Ford family, is a new academic component of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame.
In its home at the Kellogg Institute, the Ford Program draws upon a strong foundation of comparative social science research on themes such as democratization, growth and development, social movements, and public policies for social justice. Kellogg’s more than 70 faculty fellows from 18 departments and centers engage in scholarship on a wide variety of topics, offering extensive links to the study of human development.
The Kellogg Institute also supports the Africa Working Group, Notre Dame’s primary faculty and student forum for scholarly discussion of issues related to development in Africa.