Previous Visiting Research Fellows

2016 - 2017

Robert W. Hefner is director of the Institute on Culture, Religion, and World Affairs (CURA) and Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Boston University. While at the Kroc Institute, his research will center on two broad issues: Islamic ethics, law, and subjectivity in a pluralist age; and the challenge of religious diversity and pluralist coexistence in the global south and late-modern West.

Scott Hibbard 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. While at the Kroc Institute, he worked on a book that examines American foreign policy towards Islamist militancy over the course of several decades.

Peter Kankonde Bukasa 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 conducted research and worked 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.”

Rosemary Kellison is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religion at the University of West Georgia in Carrollton, Georgia. As a Kroc Institute visiting fellow, she will complete her book on feminist moral philosophy and the just war tradition.

Laurie Nathan is a professor and director of the Center for Mediation in Africa at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. While at the Kroc Institute, he worked with the Peace Accords Matrix (PAM) on the topic of 'the post-conflict constitution as a peace agreement'.

Tanya B. Schwarz holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Irvine. While at the Kroc Institute she worked on a book based on her dissertation, Instruments of the Divine? Faith-Based Organizations in International Politics. She also worked on a project that 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.

2015 - 2016

Selina Gallo-Cruz is assistant professor of sociology at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. While at the Kroc Institute, Gallo-Cruz researched women’s roles in nonviolent social movements and post-conflict peacebuilding, focusing on women in Argentina, Serbia and Liberia.

Slavica Jakelić, assistant professor of humanities and social thought at Christ College, the honors college of Valparaiso University, worked on her forthcoming book, The Practice of Religious and Secular Humanisms.

Barbara Koremenos, associate professor of political science at the University of Michigan,  study the relationship between Islamic States and international law, examining how this relationship affects Islamic States’ participation in international agreements.

Cecelia Lynch, professor of political science and international studies at the University of California, Irvine, worked on a manuscript that focuses on the ethics of Islamic and Christian nongovernmental organizations engaged in humanitarian work in Africa, the Middle East, and organizational centers of power.

Emily Rosser, who holds a Ph.D. in gender, feminist and women’s studies from York University in Toronto, studied grassroots approaches to gender and genocide in Guatemala, focusing on how these approaches affect transitional justice measures.

2014 - 2015

Malin Åkebo, who holds a Ph.D. in political science from Umeå University in Sweden, studied war-to-peace transitions, analyzing ceasefire agreements and how they relate to peace processes and comprehensive peace accords.

Gideon Aran, professor of sociology and anthropology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, analyzed an extensive field study of terrorism in Israel/Palestine.

Robert J. Carroll, assistant professor of political science at Florida State University, developed his doctoral dissertation, "War and Peace in the Marketplace," into a book manuscript. 

Jaroslav Tir, professor of political science at the University of Colorado Boulder, researched civil war prevention, focusing on the role of highly structured intergovernmental organizations in managing low-level domestic conflicts. 

Reed M. Wood, assistant professor of political science at Arizona State University, researched how women’s roles in conflict affect their roles in peace processes and the post-conflict state.

2013 - 2014

Alexander Arifianto, who recently earned a Ph.D. in political science from Arizona State University, prepared his dissertation manuscript for publication and conducted research on inter-religious dialogue and conflict prevention activities conducted by Islamic social movements in Turkey.

Dinka Corkalo Biruski, a professor of social psychology at the University of Zagreb in Croatia, researched the factors that contribute either to social distancing or social rapprochement in post-conflict communities, using Vukovar, Croatia as a case study.

Shannon Golden, developed her dissertation research into a book manuscript and conducted research on the development and social effects of land disputes during post-war resettlement.

Megan Shannon, assistant professor of political science at Florida State University, will work on a book about how UN peacekeeping influences violence during civil wars, and a second book exploring conditions in countries that follow international law.

Sumanto Al Qurtuby, a cultural anthropologist, interfaith activist, and scholar of Islam, developed a book manuscript titled “Scapegoating Politics: Religion, Violence, and Conciliation in the Moluccas, Eastern Indonesia.”

2012 - 2013

Andrew Bacevich, a leading analyst of U.S. foreign policy and military policy and professor of international relations and history at Boston University, taught the seminar “Ideas and American Foreign Policy” to students in history, peace studies, and political science.

Kristen Harkness, who earned a Ph.D. in politics from Princeton University, wrote a series of articles exploring how military integration during ethnic insurgency or civil war can both advance and hinder peace processes.  

Laura Heideman, who holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, taught a new graduate class, "Gender and Peace Studies" and worked on developing her dissertation research into a book manuscript and a series of articles. 

Jennifer M. Keister, who earned a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, San Diego, worked on developing her dissertation into a book manuscript, studying the relationship between rebels, foreign sponsors, and civilian populations. 

Sumanto Al Qurtuby, a cultural anthropologist, interfaith activist, and scholar of Islam who holds a Ph.D. from Boston University, worked on a book manuscript entitled "Scapegoating Politics: Religion, Violence, and Conciliation in the Moluccas, Eastern Indonesia."

2011 - 2012

Aysegul Aydin, an assistant professor in the department of political science at the University of Colorado-Boulder, researched a book manuscript focused on Kurdish insurgency in Turkey.

Zana Çitak, assistant professor of international relations at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey, studied Turkish Islam in Europe.

Emmanuel Katongole, associate professor of theology and world Christianity at Duke University, conducted research on reconciliation in Africa.

Roger Mac Ginty, a faculty member in the School of International Studies at St. Andrews University in Scotland, researched peacebuilding indicators.  

Will Moore, a professor of political science at Florida State University, explored the impact of institutions on state torture practices. 

Elton Skendaj, who holds a Ph.D. in comparative politics and internatonal relations from Cornell University, examined the role of international actors in building effective state bureaucracies and democratic institutions in post-war societies. 

Fanie Du Toit, the executive director of the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation in Cape Town, South Africa, conducted research on political transition in Africa. 

2010 - 2011

M. Christian Green, the Alonzo L. McDonald Family Senior Lecturer and senior research fellow at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University School of Law, focused on law and religion, feminism and the family, human rights, comparative religious ethics, and religion and international affairs.

Phillip Hammack, assistant professor of psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, explored identity development and intergroup relations in political conflict settings, especially among Israeli and Palestinian youth.

Ragnhild Nordås, a senior researcher at the Centre for the Study of Civil War at the Peace Research Institute in Oslo, studied political violence, repression, civil war, religious conflicts, the mobilization and organization of rebel groups, and the security implications of climate change.

Patrick Regan, a professor of political science at Binghamtom University, researched issues of violent conflict and its resolution, particularly in the context of civil war. His work covered a range of issues such as the militarization of societies, determinants of human rights violations, negotiations in international conflict resolution, the onset of civil war, and interventions in civil wars.

Kristine Eck, assistant professor in the Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University, Sweden, and an affiliated researcher with the Uppsala Conflict Data Program (UCDP), focused on violence against civilians, conflict dynamics, and rebel recruitment.

2009 - 2010

David Backer, an assistant professor of government at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, focused on transitional justice in West Africa, South Africa, and Latin America. Specifically, he assessed how victims of human rights violations responded to post-conflict measures.

Claudia Baumgart-Ochse, a research fellow at the Peace Research Institute in Frankfurt, Germany, focused on the Democratic Peace theory, religious actors’ ambivalent role in armed conflict, and the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

Thomas Burkman, a research professor of Asian Studies at the State University of New York at Buffalo, explored new methods for establishing social harmony among Korea, China, and Japan. His project addressed multicultural approaches to peace processes and examined the role of religion.

Devashree Gupta, an assistant professor of political science at Carleton College, received her Ph.D. in government from Cornell University. Her research focused on social movements and political extremism, and she was especially interested in the politics of Northern Ireland and South Africa.

George Wachira, a Ph.D. candidate in peace studies at the University of Bradford in the United Kingdom, examined emerging transitional justice practices in Africa, focusing on the use of truth and reconciliation commissions.


Scott Byrd, a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at the University of California, Irvine, examined the relationships between the multi-level organizational dynamics of transnational coalitions and networks and the conflict articulation strategies they employ.

Sharon Erickson Nepstad, professor of sociology and director of religious studies at the University of New Mexico, explored nonviolent citizen movements of the late 20th century, focusing on why some facilitated a transition to democracy while others failed.

Desirée Nilsson, an assistant professor in the department of peace and conflict research at Uppsala University in Uppsala, Sweden, researched how the presence of multiple actors in civil wars affects the prospects of reaching negotiated settlements and durable peace. Nilsson used unique data on peace agreements in the post-Cold War period and a study of the Liberian peace process.

Naveed S. Sheikh, a faculty member in international relations at Keele University in the United Kingdom, worked on a book-length project titled “After Islamism? The Post-Islamist Turn in Muslim Politics,” which examines the emerging trend of counter-radical “post-Islamism” across the Muslim world and its ramifications for Muslim discourse on conflict and conflict resolution.

Manish Thapa, a faculty member in the Department of Conflict, Peace and Development Studies at Tribhuvan University in Nepal and a doctoral research candidate in International Studies at the University of Tokyo, focused on his doctoral research project, From Bullet to Ballot: The Politics of Peacemaking in Nepal.  His research also supported the Nepal-based work of John Paul Lederach, professor of international peacebuilding at Kroc.


Anuradha Chakravarty, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Government at Cornell University, worked on a comparative study to explore if the choice of truth commissions or trials in transition countries has a causal effect on different democratization trajectories.

Francesco Giumelli, a Ph.D. candidate in political science at the Italian Institute of Humanistic Sciences in Florence, Italy, researched the goals of the European Union's and the United Nations' sanctioning policies.

Reina C. Neufeldt, a scholar-practitioner working at the intersection of religious and ethnic identity in conflict, as well as peacebuilding and development, explored the relationship between religious and ethnic identity in inter-group conflict and peacebuilding.

Ernesto Verdeja, a postdoctoral scholar teaching political theory in the Department of Government at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, completed a book manuscript on political reconciliation and began a project on comparative genocide (Armenia, the Holocaust, Cambodia, and Rwanda). 


Joseph Adeboye Bamidele, a Ph.D. candidate in economics at Royal Holloway, University of London, wrote a comparative analysis of the experiences of sub-Saharan African countries where resource conflicts have occurred.

John Heathershaw, a Ph.D. candidate in international relations at the London School of Economics, addressed Tajikistan’s peacebuilding process, examining the role of political Islam in peace and conflict dynamics in central Asia.

Linda Kirschke, a Ph.D. candidate in politics at Princeton University, wrote “Why Ruling Elites Play the ‘Ethnic Card’: State Violence and Multi-party Transitions.”

Polikarpus Meo Teku, a peacebuilding program officer with Catholic Relief Services in Kupang, Indonesia, explored the nexus of peacebuilding and agriculture for his project “Cultivating Peace through Sustainable Agriculture.”


Myla Leguro, peace and reconciliation program manager for Catholic Relief Services in Davao City, the Philippines, documented the peacebuilding experiences of Mindanao in peace education, interreligious dialogue, zones of peace/spaces for peace, and civil society advocacy.

Ana Garcia Rodicio, a researcher in the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and a doctoral candidate at the University Institute of International Relations “Ortega y Gasset” in Madrid, Spain, worked on “A Comprehensive Theory of Restorative Justice in Three Post-Genocide Societies: Cambodia, Rwanda, and Bosnia-Herzegovina.”

Michael McGinnis, professor of political science at Indiana University, worked on his project “Faith, Conflict, and Reconciliation: Religion’s Contributions to Political Violence and Its Resolution,” completed a book manuscript on conflict in the Horn of Africa, and conducted research on the interplay among religious and political organizations in peace and reconciliation.