The University of Notre Dame has announced that former U.S. House speaker Paul Ryan will join its faculty as a guest lecturer in political science and economics for the 2019-20 academic year.
David Campbell, chairman of Notre Dame's political science department, said Ryan's lecture topics will include the fundamentals of American government, political polarization and Catholicism and economics.
"As an Irish Catholic from the Midwest, the University of Notre Dame has always held a special place in my heart," Ryan said Monday in a news release from Notre Dame. He said his brothers Stan and Tobin earned bachelor's degrees in economics from the South Bend school.
Ryan did not seek re-election last year in his Wisconsin district, which he had represented since 1999. The Republican was House speaker for the last four years of his congressional career.