Named Professorships

R. Scott Appleby

R. Scott Appleby

Marilyn Keough Dean of the Donald R. Keough School of Global Affairs

R. Scott Appleby is the Marilyn Keough Dean of the Donald R. Keough School of Global Affairs, and a professor in Notre Dame’s Department of History. A scholar of global religion, he has been a member of Notre Dame’s faculty since 1994, and previously served as the John M. Regan Jr. Director of the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies from 2002 until 2014. Dean Appleby also directs Contending Modernities, a project that examines the interaction of Catholic, Muslim, and secular forces in the modern world.

A leading scholar in his field, Dean Appleby was co-chair of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs’ Task Force on Religion and the Making of U.S. Foreign Policy, which released the influential report, “Engaging Religious Communities Abroad: A New Imperative for U.S. Foreign Policy.” He is the author or editor of 15 books, including The Fundamentalism Project; The Ambivalence of the Sacred: Religion, Violence and Reconciliation; and The Oxford Handbook on Religion, Conflict and Peacebuilding. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences, and is the recipient of three honorary doctorates: from Fordham University, Scranton University, and St. John’s University (MN).

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The Marilyn Keough Deanship was established in 2014 by an anonymous benefactor, to honor the incredible leadership and friendship of Marilyn (Mickie) and the late Donald Keough for the University, and the extraordinary impact they have had in shaping Notre Dame’s global focus