William Donahue is the Rev. John J. Cavanaugh, CSC, Professor of the Humanities at the University of Notre Dame and director of the Initiative for Global Europe at the Keough School of Global Affairs.

Donahue is a scholar of contemporary German literature and film and a concurrent professor of Film, Television, and Theatre. He also served as chair of Notre Dame’s Department of German and Russian Languages and Literatures.  

A fellow of the Nanovic Institute since 2015, Donahue is co-director of the Notre Dame Berlin Seminar, which brings American scholars of German literary and cultural studies together with experts and leading figures of Germany’s literary scene.

Donahue holds a PhD in German literature from Harvard University.