Through research, teaching and public engagement the UCD Clinton Institute promotes an advanced study of the United States and its global relations.
The Clinton Institute of University College Dublin was established in 2003 to provide a focus for research and postgraduate teaching in the field of American Studies. It offers Masters and PhD degrees in this and Media & International Conflict Studies and produces a regular programme of activities devoted to advancing academic research and public discussion about the United States. Drawing on many disciplines the Institute offers a dynamic and wide-ranging coverage of American politics, culture and society.
In May 2001, the Government of Ireland recommended that an Institute for American Studies should be established in Ireland. It also decided that it should be named for the 42nd President of the United State, President William Jefferson Clinton, in recognition of his role both personally, as well as those of the United States Government, Congress and people, in the Irish Peace Process.
University College Dublin successfully tendered for the project and the Clinton Institute for American Studies was formally established at UCD. The success of the tender owed much to the enthusiastic support and imagination of Professor Maurice Bric of the School of History and Archives and Dr Ron Callan of the School of English, Drama and Film Studies. Professor Bric was the first acting Director of the Institute and played a key role in laying foundations, such as the introduction of the Institute’s Masters programme in American Studies.
In 2004, Professor Liam Kennedy was appointed Director, responsible for the Institute’s teaching, research and outreach programmes. He has overseen the expansion and diversification of core programmes and the internationalisation of our teaching and research. This has included the establishment of an international Summer School, of MA programmes – in Media and International Conflict and in American Politics and Foreign Policy – and of a PhD programme in American Studies.
President Clinton has warmly supported the establishment of the Institute, paying several visits and addressing students in memorable lectures.
The Clinton Institute offers graduate programmes – Diploma, MAs and PhD – that introduce students to an advanced study of the United States and its global relations.
The programmes afford opportunities to study the US across a range of disciplines – including history, literature, media and visual studies, politics and international relations – and to develop skills in analysis, critical thinking and primary research techniques. The programmes offer students a considerable degree of flexibility to map a course of study based on their interests. They can select modules from a number of Schools as well as from the Institute, and work with core and affiliate faculty (including visiting scholars) in developing their theses.
Our graduate students are an essential and valued element of the Institute’s research culture; we encourage student participation in research projects, conferences and seminars and through the publication of scholarly work.
The Clinton Institute fosters interdisciplinary research on the United States by developing a broad programme of research projects, seminars and events.
Semester Abroad Programme
The US and International Affairs Semester Abroad Program.
The Clinton Institute Semester Abroad programme is a Spring semester programme of modules tailored for US-based students who wish to gain an international perspective on their own country.
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