Named Professorships

John McGreevy

John McGreevy

I.A. O’Shaughnessy Dean of the College of Arts and Letters

A 1986 graduate of Notre Dame, McGreevy returned to the University in 1997 as professor of history. From 2002 to 2008, he chaired the history department, and in 2008, he was appointed dean, the first undergraduate alumnus in 40 years to hold that position.

As dean, McGreevy is guided by his enthusiasm for what he calls a “unique experiment in American higher education”—that is, Notre Dame’s singular aspiration to be recognized as a leading national university while remaining profoundly Catholic.

His academic interests center on American religious history, on which he has written two books. His more recent volume, Catholicism and American Freedom: A History, examines the tensions between traditional American notions of liberty and progress and Catholicism. The New York Times and Washington Post praised it as “brilliant” and “a masterpiece.”

McGreevy, who has received awards for excellence in teaching, was previously the Dunwalke Associate Professor of American History and History and Literature at Harvard University.

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The deanship of the College of Arts and Letters was established by the I.A. O’Shaughnessy Foundation. Ignatius Aloysius O’Shaughnessy was a Notre Dame Trustee who funded the O’Shaughnessy Building of Liberal and Fine Arts on campus. His five children created the foundation after his death in 1973.