David Griffith

First Year Academic Advisor
College of Arts & Letters

David Griffith is an academic adviser for first-year students who intend to pursue a major in the College of Arts and Letters. He holds the rank of Assistant Advising Professor and has a special interest in advising students interested in careers in education, the creative and performing arts, and arts administration.

Prior to joining the College of Arts and Letters, Griffith served as Vice President for Education at the Chautauqua Institution, and held a number of teaching and leadership positions in Creative Writing, including Director of Creative Writing at Interlochen Center for the Arts, Chair of Creative Writing at the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts, and Assistant Professor of English at Sweet Briar College.

He is the author of A Good War is Hard to Find: The Art of Violence in America, a collection of essays reflecting on how images of violence in film, literature, and in news media shape our collective understanding of violence as a means of solving problems. His most recent research is focused on the intersection of Catholic Social Teaching and popular culture, as well as the connections between poverty and creativity and mythologies surrounding artistry and creativity.

A 1998 graduate of Notre Dame, Griffith received his MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Pittsburgh in 2002.


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Current Projects

  • Pyramid Scheme: Making Art and Being Broke in America (a collection of essays on the mythologies both generative and pernicious that surround artistry and creativity)