Visiting Research Fellows

Hibbard Bio

Scott Hibbard (Spring 2017) is an associate professor in the department of political science at DePaul University, where he teaches courses on American foreign policy, international relations, Middle East politics, and religion and politics. He received his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University. He also holds advanced degrees from the London School of Economics and Political Science and Georgetown University. While at the Kroc Institute, he will be working on a book that examines American foreign policy towards Islamist militancy over the course of several decades.

Peter Kankonde Bukasa

Peter Kankonde Bukasa (2016 – 17) coordinates the Religion and Migration Research Initiative at the African Centre for Migration and Society, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. While at the Kroc Institute, he will conduct research and work towards finalising a book entitled: “Authoritarian Democratisation, Youth Insurgent Waithood, and the Dynamics of Violent Transnational Mobilisation in African Diaspora Communities: the Case of the Congolese Combattant Movement.”


Laurie Nathan Bio

Laurie Nathan (Spring 2017) is a professor and director of the Center for Mediation in Africa at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. He also serves on the United Nations Academic Advisory Council on Mediation and leads UN high-level mediation training. Previously, he headed the Center for Conflict Resolution at the University of Cape Town. While at the Kroc Institute, he will work with the Peace Accords Matrix (PAM) on the topic of 'the post-conflict constitution as a peace agreement'.


Tanya Schwarz Bio

Tanya B. Schwarz (2016 – 17) holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Irvine. She will work on two projects at the Kroc Institute. The first is a book based on her dissertation, Instruments of the Divine? Faith-Based Organizations in International Politics. The second project examines the ways that NGOs, governments, and intergovernmental agencies frame so-called "Islamic extremist" groups and their relationship to "authentic" Islam, and how such framings shape possibilities for strategic peacebuilding and the securitization of religion.