The University of Notre Dame has appointed Suzanne Shanahan the Leo and Arlene Hawk executive director of the Center for Social Concerns. She serves as director of the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University and as an associate research professor of sociology. 

“Suzanne’s rich experience integrating research, education and community engagement into interdisciplinary projects and programs ideally positions her to take the helm of the Center for Social Concerns,” Marie Lynn Miranda, the Charles and Jill Fischer Provost at Notre Dame, said. “I am excited about her commitment and creativity related to harnessing student energy and insights, leveraging faculty expertise to drive meaningful research, and creating lasting impact from the South Bend-Elkhart region to our global gateways.”

Shanahan holds a bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University and master’s and doctoral degrees from Stanford University. 


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