Meet Kroc's 2013-14 Visiting Research Fellows:

Dinka Corkalo Biruski (Spring 2014) is professor of social psychology at the University of Zagreb in Croatia. Her research focuses on psychosocial consequences of war and post-war recovery, with special attention to divided communities, majority/minority identity, minority rights, minority education, and post-war social reconstruction.                                                        

While at the Kroc Institute, Biruski will study the factors that contribute either to social distancing or social rapprochement in post-conflict communities, using Vukovar, Croatia, as a case study, and offer recommendations on how to facilitate social recovery in a community that has experienced violent conflict.                

Sumanto Al Qurtuby (2013-14) is a cultural anthropologist, interfaith activist, and scholar of Islam. He holds a Ph.D. from Boston University, an M.A. in Conflict Transformation from Eastern Mennonite University, an M.Si in Sociology of Religion from Satya Wacana Christian University (Indonesia), and a B.A. in Islamic Law from State University of Islamic Studies in Semarang, Indonesia. While studying religious violence and peacebuilding in Indonesia, he has conducted comparative research on ethno-religious conflicts, reconciliation, and Muslim politics in Southeast Asia, Turkey, Afghanistan, Iran, and the Arab world. He is the co-founder of the North American Nahdlatul Ulama, Indonesia's largest moderate Islamic organization. His many books include Post-Liberal Islam: Religion, Freedom, and Humanity; Among the Believers: A Life Story of a Muslim Living with American Mennonites; The Black Hole of Religion: Countering Islamist Radicalism; The Flow of Chinese-Muslims to Java; and The New Era of Islamic Law in Indonesia.
At the Kroc Institute, Sumanto is developing a book manuscript entitled "Scapegoating Politics: Religion, Violence, and Conciliation in the Moluccas, Eastern Indonesia."
Shannon Golden (2013-14) earned a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Minnesota in 2013. Her thesis, “After Atrocity: Community Reconstruction in Northern Uganda,” investigates how survivors of war build social relationships and collective identity after deep cultural trauma. Focusing on northern Uganda, she explores how daily interactions in post-war communities facilitate social reconstruction yet perpetuate tensions that put communities at risk of new cycles of violence. Golden's scholarly interests include transitional justice, sociology of law, human rights, inequality, migration and displacement, and race and ethnicity.   
As a Kroc Institute visiting research fellow, Golden will develop her dissertation research into a book manuscript and conduct research on the development and social effects of land disputes during post-war resettlement.