Ph.D. in Peace Studies
The Kroc Institute, a leading center for interdisciplinary peace research and teaching, offers six doctoral degrees. Students choose one of these distinct, yet related, programs.
The program is designed to empower students to become outstanding scholars and teachers who will make important contributions to a growing body of peacebuilding knowledge and practice that will, in the long run, alleviate violence and human suffering.
The doctoral program provides solid methodological training within rich bodies of knowledge from time-honored disciplines and, creates opportunities for creative research design and interdisciplinary theorizing, problem-centered inquiry, and peacebuilding practice.
Doctoral students are prepared for a wide range of scholarly, teaching, and professional positions, including interdisciplinary academic positions; positions in which employers seek expertise in the peace and conflict subfields of anthropology, history, political science, psychology, sociology, or theology; and scholar-practitioner positions in intergovernmental, governmental, or nongovernmental organizations.
The Kroc Institute welcomes applications from students of high academic ability who seek a doctoral degree in anthropology and peace studies, history and peace studies, political science and peace studies, psychology and peace studies, sociology and peace studies, or theology and peace studies.
We seek highly qualified men and women from all regions of the world and from diverse religious and secular traditions.
What are the cultural, social, and historical contextual dimensions of structural and violent conflict? How does an ethnographic focus create the possibility for better crafting conflict transformation? The Anthropology and Peace Studies doctoral program at the University of Notre Dame equips students with the theoretical and methodological tools of anthropology to answer these and related questions.
What are the historical or root causes of violent conflict? How have various social movements evolved over time? In what way is history manipulated for the sake of attaining political goals? How is foreign policy informed by historical information or knowledge? The History and Peace Studies doctoral program at the University of Notre Dame equips students with the analytical and conceptual tools of history to address these questions and related questions of peace and conflict.
What are the sources of violent political conflict? What institutions, strategies and tools are available to secure peace and justice? How can international and domestic actors foster peace, and what are the roles of norms, values and beliefs in continued peace efforts? The Political Science and Peace Studies doctoral program at the University of Notre Dame provides students with the theoretical and methodological tools of political science to answer these and related questions.
How and why does political violence affect individuals, especially young people? What are the implications for the continuation or mitigation of violent conflict? The Psychology and Peace Studies doctoral program at the University of Notre Dame equips students with the theoretical lens and methodological tools of psychology to answer these and related questions. The integration of interdisciplinary peace research methods ensures practical applications for policymakers and for individuals in war, violent conflict, and post-war settings.
How does the structure of society influence conflict or post-conflict peacebuilding? What variables affect the capacity of nonviolent civil resistance movements? How do religious norms and practices contribute to conflict and peacebuilding?
The sociology and peace studies doctoral program at the University of Notre Dame provides its students with the theoretical background and methodological tools to answer these and related questions. The doctoral program provides rigorous training in both sociology and peace studies.
How do theological thought and practice shape violent conflict? What is the relationship between theological thought, practice and peacebuilding? What do sacred scripture, ethics, liturgy, history and systematic theology contribute to peace and conflict in theory and practice?
The Theology and Peace studies doctoral program at the University of Notre Dame equips students with frameworks and methodologies to help them think theologically about peace and conflict.
Director of Doctoral Studies