Former South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg to join Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study
Observer Staff Report | Thursday, June 25, 2020
Former South Bend mayor and presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg will serve as a faculty fellow at the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study (NDIAS) for the 2020-2021 school year, according to a Thursday press release.
As an NDIAS fellow, Buttigieg will work on two research projects, “one that explores how to restore trust in political institutions and another that considers the forces distinctively shaping the 2020s.” In addition, Buttigieg will teach an undergraduate course and host seminars and other academic programming in conjunction with other NDIAS fellows and students.
“I’m thrilled to welcome Pete to the institute and Notre Dame in the coming year. More than ever, we need scholars and public leaders working together, generating the insights that will make democratic institutions stronger and advance the common good in creative and evidence-based ways,” said Meghan Sullivan, director of the NDIAS and the John A. O’Brien Professor of Philosophy.
Buttigieg — a lifelong resident of South Bend — has been connected with the University since his parents were both long-standing members of the faculty.
This University has previously had political figures serve as fellows or guest lecturers, including former White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough and former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Paul Ryan.