Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C. Professor of Peace Studies

The University of Notre Dame is seeking applications for the Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C. Professorship, an endowed chair at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies within the new Keough School of Global Affairs. The disciplinary specialization for the position is open. Depending on the candidate’s profile and interests, this position may be tenured at the Keough School or as a joint appointment with another Notre Dame School or College.

The successful candidate will bring a distinguished record of research and teaching that explores challenges facing the field of peace studies in the twenty-first century. We would particularly welcome scholars who can contribute to developing expertise in the areas of gender and peacebuilding and environmental politics. We encourage applications from scholars who can engage in interdisciplinary research and teaching, thereby contributing to the integrative mission of the Keough School of Global Affairs.

The Kroc Institute is a leading center for the study of strategies for sustainable peace and the causes of violent conflict. Kroc Institute faculty conduct research on the conditions for peace, including the role of peace processes, and the causes of war (from local and regional armed conflicts to large-scale international conflicts), as well as genocide, terrorism, ethnic and religious conflict, structural and cultural violence, and violations of human rights. Emphasis is given to the interaction between the theory and practice of peacebuilding.

Founded in 1986 by the late Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., president emeritus of Notre Dame, the Kroc Institute engages with the Catholic Church’s rich tradition of thinking and teaching on war and peace, ethics and the use of force, the relationship of international law to state conflict, and the connection between justice and peace. The Kroc Institute offers an undergraduate program in peace studies, a Master’s concentration in peace studies as part of the Keough School’s Master in Global Affairs, and joint Ph.D. programs in Peace Studies with the Notre Dame Departments of Anthropology, History, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Theology. More information about the Kroc Institute is available at

The Kroc Institute is an integral part of the new Keough School of Global Affairs, which brings together several international Institutes and Centers. The Keough School was established to advance the concept of integral human development, focusing its research and teaching on the design and implementation of effective and ethically sound responses to poverty, war, disease, political oppression, and other threats to human wellbeing around the world.  The Keough School will enroll its first cohort of students in Fall 2017. More information about the Keough School is available at

Application Instructions

Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest and a CV.

Nominations and inquiries may be sent via email to: Prof. Asher Kaufman, Chair, Hesburgh Chair Search Committee, University of Notre Dame,

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The University of Notre Dame is enriched by the presence of diverse scholars. We encourage applications from women, minorities, and people with international backgrounds. 

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