Guillermo O'Donnell

Guillermo O'Donnell (1936-2011)

Click here for video tribute from the Argentina celebration

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Click here for written tributes from fellow scholars, friends, students, and organizations, beginning with one by Kellogg Institute Director Scott Mainwaring.

Guillermo O’Donnell left an enduring, forward-looking legacy when he passed away on November 29, 2011.

One of Latin America’s most renowned social scientists, O’Donnell lives on in his visionary work on the nature of the region’s authoritarian regimes, the dynamics of transitions from authoritarian rule, and on the imperative to improve the quality of new democracies.

Thirty years ago, Notre Dame President Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, CSC, appointed O’Donnell as the first academic director of the new Kellogg Institute for International Studies, giving him the opportunity to build its research agenda around important issues that he cared about deeply: democratization, human dignity, and social justice. He spent much of his career at the Kellogg Institute.

To commemorate O’Donnell’s life and work, the Kellogg Institute held both an academic conference and a celebratory tribute in his hometown of Buenos Aires in March 2012. Democratization experts, public figures, and leading scholars from across the Americas and Europe gathered to discuss his work and pay public tribute to their friend and colleague.