Named Professorships

Ruth Abbey

Ruth Abbey

John M. Regan Jr. Director of the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies

Ruth Abbey is the interim director of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, and has been a member of the Department of Political Science faculty since 2005. She is an expert in the political and philosophical works of Friedrich Nietzsche and Charles Taylor, and is the author of Nietzsche's Middle PeriodPhilosophy Now: Charles Taylor, and The Return of Feminist Liberalism, along with essays, articles, and book chapters on various subjects relating to political theory, feminist and liberal political thought, and animal ethics. 

Professor Abbey has served as a lecturer or fellow at institutions around the world, including the University of Kent at Canterbury, the University of Western Australia, McGill University, the University of Notre Dame - Australia, and Tulane University. She is the recipient of a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship, and was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton. At Notre Dame, Professor Abbey was previously the director of the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts.

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A Notre Dame Life Trustee, John M. Regan Jr. retired as chairman of the board of the insurance brokerage firm Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. Educated at Yale and Harvard, he served in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946, earning a Purple Heart.