The Kroc Institute’s Distinguished Alumni Award honors Notre Dame graduates in peace studies whose careers and lives exemplify the ideals of international peacebuilding. Each year the Distinguished Alumnus, who is selected by committee, travels to Notre Dame's campus to deliver a public lecture and meet with current peace studies students. 


Karsonya Wise Whitehead, M.A. '93

Associate Professor of Communication and African and African American Studies; Loyola University Maryland


Jian Yi, M.A. '98 

Independent filmmaker, cultural activist, founder of IFChina Studio.


Vienna Colucci, M.A. '91, B.A. '90

Director of Policy for Amnesty International USA, overseeing human rights policy development, review, and guidance.


Adriana Quiñones, M.A. '99

Strategic Planning and Coordination Specialist for Latin America and the Caribbean at UN Women, the United Nations entity that supports the empowerment.


Molly Kinder, B.A. ’01

Director of Agriculture and Europe Policy for ONE, a nonpartisan advocacy organization that works to mitigate extreme poverty.


Rosette Muzigo-Morrison, M.A. ’93

Legal Officer, United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda


Irene Perurena, M.A. ’91

Executive Vice President, City of Knowledge, Panama City, Panama, connecting nongovernmental organizations that focus on humanitarian aid, human rights, conflict resolution and development.


Xabier Agirre Aranburu, M.A. ’95

Senior Analyst, Office of the Prosecutor, International Criminal Court, The Hague


George Wachira, M.A. ’91

Founder, Concerned Citizens for Peace, Nairobi, Kenya


Oana-Cristina Papa, M.A. ’96

Ambassador of Romania to Croatia


Hannah Wu, M.A. ’89

Human Rights Specialist, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Geneva


Emil Bolongaita, M.A. ’88

Technical Director, Management Systems International, Australia