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.

History

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.

Academic Programmes

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.

Research

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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Programs taught in:
English

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MA

UCD Clinton Institute for American Studies

The MA in American Politics and Foreign Policy encourages students to comprehend the how and why of the subject. Throughout the modules, you will encounter diverse perspe ... [+]

“Having spent years working in news I’d always wanted to get behind the headlines. This master offers a fascinating insight into the policies, ideologies and people that have shaped the US and thus our world order”. – Niamh Sammon, (former student)

The MA in American Politics and Foreign Policy encourages students to comprehend the how and why of the subject. Throughout the modules, you will encounter diverse perspectives but the main emphasis will be upon scholarly and/or policy-oriented readings and discussions.

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Careers

The MA in American Politics and Foreign Policy is designed for those people planning, or already engaged in, a career in the diplomatic service, journalism, international organizations, or non-governmental organizations. This master will also prepare you for a career in politics, political risk analysis, academia, and think tanks.... [-]

Ireland Dublin
September 2019
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UCD Clinton Institute for American Studies

Because of the United States’ unrivalled status in the world today, the debates on American values and the mission of American democracy have become a matter of global co ... [+]

“Doing an MA in American Studies at the UCD Clinton Institute was one of the best decisions I have made. Each of the classes offered were interesting, engaging and left me with a deeper understanding of American political issues. I am now putting everything I learned at the Institute to good use by working in Washington DC and so I would definitely recommend the programme to anyone considering it” – Niamh Ní­ Aonghusa

Because of the United States’ unrivalled status in the world today, the debates on American values and the mission of American democracy have become a matter of global concern. This programme introduces students to the advanced study of American culture and politics, in both domestic and international contexts. It is a multidisciplinary programme that promotes the study of the interactions of cultural social and political factors. It aims to deepen and widen students’ knowledge of major topics and issues as well as to enable them to develop a significant measure of expertise in the subject chosen for the dissertation. The MA programme draws on the expertise of UCD faculty across a number of departments, as well as that of the Professor of American Studies and the contribution of visiting scholars.... [-]

Ireland Dublin
September 2019
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1 - 2 years
Campus
UCD Clinton Institute for American Studies

This MA programme in Media and International Conflict is designed to enable students to develop an understanding of the ways in which media interact with war, internation ... [+]

“Studying in the Clinton Institute was a wonderful experience. The classes are small, which means you really get to know everybody, and there is a very comfortable atmosphere. A wide range of topics ensured that everybody got a chance to study and discuss areas that they are passionate about. Lively debates were the norm!. This MA was a fascinating journey through history, current affairs, politics and media. It offered a great opportunity to build strong research, writing and presenting skills, with the help of a diligent and engaging staff of the Institute. I would do it all over again if I could!” – Karen Dunne

Kestral from UCD Clinton Institute on Vimeo.

This MA programme in Media and International Conflict is designed to enable students to develop an understanding of the ways in which media interact with war, international conflict and security. It analyzes the complex roles played by the media in the enactment and representation of international conflict and addresses the relationships among media, governments, the military, and NGOs in framing perceptions of international conflict.... [-]

Ireland Dublin
September 2019
Full-time
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1 - 2 years
Campus

Bill Clinton Keynote Address