Rev. Robert A. Dowd, C.S.C.
Director, Ford Family Program in Human Development Studies and Solidarity, Kellogg Institute for International Studies
213 Hesburgh Center for International Studies
University of Notre Dame
Rev. Robert Dowd, C.S.C., serves as Assistant Professor of Political Science and Director of the Ford Family Program in Human Development Studies and Solidarity at the University of Notre Dame. The Ford Program is part of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the Keough School of Global Affairs. The Program integrates grassroots community engagement and research in parts of the world where extreme poverty is a problem. The Ford Program is devoted in a particular way to assisting the human development efforts of the Congregation of Holy Cross and the Catholic Church in East Africa (and beyond). Father Dowd’s research focuses on African politics and politics in developing countries. He is author of several articles and the book, Christianity, Islam, and Liberal Democracy: Lessons from Sub-Saharan Africa (Oxford University Press, July 2015). Father Dowd resides in Cavanaugh Hall. Before joining the faculty at Notre Dame in 2004, Father Dowd served at Holy Cross Parish in Nairobi, Kenya, worked in Campus Ministry at the University of Notre Dame, and did doctoral studies in political science at UCLA. He was an undergraduate at Notre Dame, having graduated in 1987.