Core Research Themes

Research conducted by members of the Kellogg intellectual community on our two core themes are at the center of what the Institute does. Democracy and human development—the twin aspirations of effective political participation and improved human welfare—are among the most critical and challenging issues facing humanity today. 

Research Across The Globe

The Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame is one of the most visible and prestigious university centers for the study of international issues in the United States. For more than three decades, our faculty and visiting fellows have helped set the scholarly agenda on our core themes of democracy and human development. Our work has had a significant impact on policy and practice.


Upcoming Events


February 21
Lynching and the Politics of State Formation in POst-Revolutionary Puebla (1930-1950)
Working Groups, Peace, Conflict, Crime & Violence Workshop
Gema Santamaría


February 22
The Art of Political Murder: Who Killed Bishop Gerardi?
Francisco Goldman


February 23 to February 24
2018 Human Development Conference
Conferences/Workshops, Undergraduate Programs
Abigail Midlige, Tommy Emmet
February 23
The Curious Case of Political Liberalization: A Step to Democratization or an Authoritarian Survival Strategy?
Working Groups, Comparative Politics Workshop
M. Tahir Kilavuz