Michael Ford, Founding Director

About the Center

We believe in the American Dream, and its on-going importance to the uniquely American character, economy, and spirit. To ask why it is important to study the American Dream is to ask why America, itself, is important. The American Dream defines our aspirations; it is these aspirations and their connected values that distinguish us in the world.

The Center's mission is to study the history of the American Dream, to examine and report on the present state the American Dream, and to identify trends and analyze shifts in the future evolution of the American Dream.

The Center for the Study of the American Dream at Xavier University generates significant original research and survey data, and serves as a pre-eminent academic information clearinghouse on the American Dream. The Center engages in dialogue both in the classroom and in the community. The Center promotes the preservation and possibilities of the Dream in all its endeavors.

Programs of the Center include:


About Xavier University

Founded in 1831, Xavier is a private university in Cincinnati, Ohio, that educates in the Catholic, Jesuit tradition. It offers both a comprehensive, liberal arts-based undergraduate education and a variety of graduate programs to its 7,019 total students, including 4,368 undergraduates. The University is the sixth-oldest Catholic university in the nation and one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities nationwide.