Kellogg Working Groups
Working groups funded by the Kellogg Institute stimulate intellectual activity within the Institute community and more broadly throughout the University. Led by Institute faculty fellows, the groups typically draw together an interdisciplinary mix of faculty members, visiting fellows, graduate students, and even undergraduates to further inquiry on emerging research themes and or focus attention on topical, interdisciplinary issues.
Current Working Groups
The Africa Working Group provides a forum for resident faculty, graduate students, and outside scholars to present and discuss cutting edge research on Africa. Participants, who come from a range of disciplines, share a common interest in investigating Africa’s past, present, and future, as well as Africa’s place in the larger global order. The group also sponsors Africanist events, enriching the study of Africa on campus and building on growing student interest in the region.
Cochairs: Paul Ocobock and Erin Metz McDonnell
Student Coordinator: Scott Copeland
Asia & Asian Studies
The Working Group on Asia & Asian Studies (WGAAS) provides a forum for faculty, graduate students, and outside scholars to share emerging research in Asian Studies, with a particular focus on the region’s democratic possibilities and human development. Strengthening the cohesion of Asian Studies across the University, the group unites expertise in anthropology, East Asian languages and cultures, education, and business, among other disciplines.
Chair: Lionel Jensen
Graduate Student Cochair: Megan Rogers
The Democracy Working Group invites wide involvement of Kellogg faculty fellows, graduate students, and members of the Notre Dame community in measuring democracy and related concepts and evaluating and using democracy indicators. Participants are encouraged to share related research with the group. They are also invited to provide advice to an international team of investigators led by Faculty Fellow Michael Coppedge, which is engaged in a wide-ranging, multiyear project to produce dozens of new indicators of democracy for all countries since 1900.
Chair: Michael Coppedge
Building on the multidisciplinary breadth and depth of Notre Dame’s scholarly engagement with Haiti, the Haiti Working Group brings together faculty and student researchers from across the University’s schools and colleges to share ideas, give feedback on each other’s work, and interact with outside speakers. With participants from the sciences and engineering, social sciences, humanities, education, and business, the working group aims to facilitate better scholarship and collaboration on a range of academic and applied research on Haiti.
Chair: Karen Richman
Graduate Student Contact: Katie Comeau
Latin American History
The Latin American History Working Group brings together Latin American historians—both faculty and graduate students—for serious, extended, and creative intellectual exchange. Monthly meetings feature paper presentations by faculty members, graduate students, and invited scholars. Encouraging an interdisciplinary approach, the group aims to strengthen the growing community of Latin American historians at Notre Dame, to professionalize its graduate students, and to host notable scholars in the field at the University.
Cochairs: Ted Beatty, Karen Graubart, and Jaime Pensado
The Mexico Working Group serves as a venue for resident and visiting faculty and graduate and undergraduate students to consider issues related to Mexico. With the goal of strengthening the presence of Mexico at Notre Dame, the group supports conferences, talks, cultural events, and academic discussions. The group also fosters academic and cultural exchanges to link the University with Mexico and Mexican Studies institutions and coordinates a biennial Undergraduate Research Conference focused on Mexican issues.
Cochairs: Vania Smith-Oka and Jaime Pensado
Graduate Student Contact: Rodrigo Castro Cornejo
Public Opinion and Elections
Convened around electoral politics in Latin America, the Working Group on Public Opinion and Elections engages faculty, graduate students, and outside experts to explore voter behavior and support for political parties in the region, with a special focus on understanding how public opinion is shaped and responds to political campaigns. The group aims to foster collaboration between the Kellogg Institute and scholars elsewhere specializing in comparative political behavior in Latin America.
Faculty cochair: Scott Mainwaring
Graduate student cochair: Rodrigo Castro Cornejo
Well-Being, Economic Performance, and Inequality
The Working Group on Well-Being, Economic Performance, and Inequality gathers faculty and graduate students interested in issues of human development from across the University to read and discuss books on well-being, economic performance, and inequality from an interdisciplinary perspective. The group’s eventual goal is to promote collaborative research on well-being.
Cochairs: Amitava Dutt and Georges Enderle