Brandi Klingerman | June 21, 2019
Meghan Sullivan, professor of philosophy and the Rev. John A. O’Brien Collegiate Chair, has been named director of the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Advanced Study. As of July 1, Sullivan will oversee the institute, including its flagship residential fellowship and graduate student fellowship programs.
“The Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study provides a forum for scholars from many backgrounds to collaborate on questions that benefit from joint-focus and sustained research. Our residential fellowship program gives visiting scholars the resources and colleagues to tackle questions bigger than just a single discipline,” said Sullivan. “I am excited to lead the Institute as our fellows – and Notre Dame as a whole – work toward more high-impact, discipline-crossing research on the most pressing problems we face.”
Sullivan’s scholarship focuses on philosophical problems concerning time, modality, rational planning, value, meaning and religious belief. She is the current director of the University Philosophy Requirement and creator of the God and the Good Life program. She also leads the Engaged Philosophy Group, a team of staff, doctoral students and postdoctoral scholars, which currently manages three major national/international projects funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the John Templeton Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Sullivan published her first book, "Time Biases," with Oxford University Press in 2018.
“Professor Sullivan has led a number of successful innovative new initiatives at Notre Dame. We look forward to that same creativity applied to a University-wide basis in her new role as director of the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study,” said Robert J. Bernhard, vice president for research and professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering.
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