Francis Bonenfant-Juwong (history & peace studies) holds an M.A. degree in history from Western Michigan University and a B.A. in history from Kalamazoo College. As an undergraduate, he studied in Rome. His master’s thesis focused on the American Friends Service Committee and its peacebuilding work with Jews and Arabs in Israel in the 1950s.   
As a doctoral student, Francis plans to conduct research on U.S. non-state actors and their role in the international system and peacebuilding, particularly in the Middle East. His research interests also include public-private interactions and the cultural foundations of U.S. foreign policy.
Jessica Brandwein (political science & peace studies) graduated from Northwestern University in 2006 with a B.A. in mathematics and history. After college, she worked at the Genocide Intervention Network in Washington, D.C., where she lobbied on behalf of human rights in Darfur, Sudan.
Jessica’s research focuses on the onset, severity, and termination of different forms of political violence and how affected parties move forward after such violence. Her dissertation examines how the combination of different forms of third-party interventions influence subsequent levels of state-sponsored political violence in the target country. She is a Notre Dame Presidential Fellow.
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Matthew J. Chandler (sociology & peace studies) holds an M.A. degree in international peace and conflict resolution from American University and a B.A. degree in philosophy and Christian ministries from George Fox University. He has served as the deputy director of Nonviolence International in Washington, D.C. and a field team coordinator for Christian Peacemaker Teams in Iraq and Palestine.
Matthew's teaching and research interests include nonviolent social movements and revolutions, political culture, social networks, and social theory. He is affiliated with the Center for the Study of Social Movements and the Culture Workshop in the Notre Dame Department of Sociology. He was a Mullen Family Fellow for the 2011-2012 academic year and is currently a Kroc Excellence Fellow.       
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  Colleen Cross (theology & peace studies) earned an M.T.S. in systematic theology from the University of Notre Dame and a B.A. in religious studies and classics from the University of Arizona. She has worked for Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies, coordinating its Immigration Initiative.
Colleen studies how a renewed theological vision of the human person, read from the context of violence and war, can facilitate reconciliation, healing and empowerment among migrants, refugees, and trafficked persons. She is particularly interested in frameworks related to human flourishing and human transformation.
Karie Cross (political science & peace studies) holds a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Maryland, where she studied international development. Karie also holds a B.A. in political science and English from Harding University. She has worked for a human rights advocacy group in Nepal, conducted survey research with the Occupy movement, and conducted research for the Aspen Institute in Washington, D.C.     
Karie’s research interests include the conditions for perpetual peace, focusing on women's rights. Her current research examines the empowerment of women in developing countries. She also is interested in the relationship between religious freedom and international human rights. Karie was named a Mullen Family Fellow for the 2013-2014 academic year. 
Heather DuBois (systematic theology & peace studies) earned a master’s degree in conflict resolution from the University of Bradford in the United Kingdom, where she wrote her thesis on Catholic peacebuilding. She also holds an M.A. in theology from Fordham University and a B.A. degree in English and political science from Tulane University. As a non-profit program manager, she trained in public health approaches to violence in the U.S. and co-organized short-term interreligious projects in Sarajevo, Israel/Palestine, and Damascus. 
Heather's research interests involve theological interpretations of suffering and violence and how these interpretations impact healing. She co-authored “The Intersection of Christian Theology and Peacebuilding,” a chapter in the Oxford Handbook of Religion, Conflict, and Peacebuilding (forthcoming, 2015). Heather is a Notre Dame Presidential Fellow.  

Anna Fett (history & peace studies) holds an M.T.S. degree from Harvard Divinity School and B.A. degree from Luther College. As an undergraduate, she majored in religion, English, and classics and studied in Turkey and Jordan. She has served as an interfaith intern for a community of Muslim, Jewish, and Christian congregations. She also worked as a counselor for Kids4Peace Boston, an organization that educates and inspires teenage Muslims, Jews, and Christians from Jerusalem and Boston.
As a Ph.D. student, Anna plans to research the history of American perceptions of and discourses about the Middle East, particularly Israel-Palestine, and the involvement of U.S. non-state actors in peacebuilding work in the region. Her interests also include the role of culture and religion in conflict transformation. Anna is a Notre Dame Presidential Fellow.

Garrett FitzGerald (political science & peace studies) holds an M.T.S. degree from Harvard Divinity School (religion, ethics, and politics) and a B.A. degree in peace & conflict studies and religious studies from Guilford College. He served for five years as the head of development for the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, a Nobel Peace Prize-winning non-governmental organization dedicated to nuclear abolition and armed violence reduction.
Garrett’s research interests focus on translating religious resources of meaning into political action, especially around the genesis, conduct, cessation, and processes of reconciliation that follow communal violence. In particular, he hopes to build upon previous field research in Honduras, exploring ways in which religious actors and communities articulate and enact alternatives to violence.

Rieti Gengo (anthropology & peace studies) holds an M.A. degree in anthropology from Western Michigan University and B.A. degrees in music and anthropology from Davidson College. His master’s research approached the structural violence of racism from a biocultural perspective, using data collected from skeletal remains.
Rieti’s most recent research centers on Kakuma Refugee Camp in northern Kenya, where he studies marginalization, invisibility, and structural violence within the camp, as well as the complex and often contentious relationships between the refugee population and the Turkana host community. He explores these topics using mixed qualitative and quantitative methods in ethnographic and human biology research. Rieti is a Notre Dame Presidential Fellow.
  Ashley Greene (history & peace studies) earned a B.A. in history and peace studies from Whitworth University and an M.A. in history from Notre Dame. She specializes in the history of twentieth-century Africa with a focus on post-conflict education and transitional justice.
Ashley's research examines the role of education in statecraft and historical memory in Uganda. In her dissertation, "'Our History is with the Old People': Secondary-School Curricula and Uganda's Failed Quest for National Consciousness," she uses a mixed-methods approach, blending archival research and life histories to explore political attempts to appropriate history as well as the different ways in which non-elite educational stakeholders support, contest, and re-appropriate state-sponsored narratives about the past.
  Katherine Grein (psychology & peace studies) earned a B.A. in psychology and English from St. Mary's College of Maryland. As an undergraduate, she studied families of children with developmental disabilities and risk and resilience in adolescents' transition to adulthood.
Katherine has worked at the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress, an institution that works to understand the impact of disaster and war upon military personnel, their families, and civilians. Her research interests focus on reducing risk of detrimental mental health outcomes following disaster and violence. She also is interested in how individual outcomes and viewpoints relate to peace-building efforts in community- and nation-wide settings. Katherine is a Kroc Excellence Fellow.
Leo Guardado (theology & peace studies) earned an M.T.S. degree from Notre Dame and a B.A. in religious studies from St. Mary’s College of California.
Leo’s research interests include Latino theology and culture vis-à-vis the ongoing reality of immigration, focusing on the violence, marginalization, and scapegoating of immigrants. Other areas of interest include the theological foundations of the 1980s Sanctuary Movement; nationalism at the U.S.-Mexico border as compared to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; and Christian understandings of citizenship in areas marked by conflict and hostility. Leo is a Joseph L. Gaia Fellow.
Caleb Hamman (political science & peace studies) earned a B.A. in philosophy and political science from Butler University with concentrations in gender studies and peace studies (2011). He conducted fieldwork in the Middle East for an honors thesis, which analyzed grassroots peacebuilding activities among Israeli and Palestinian youth. Caleb was a Fulbright postgraduate scholar in Northern Ireland (2011-12), where he conducted an ethnographic research project examining negotiations of daily life among working-class Catholic young men in Belfast.       
Caleb’s research interests include the politics of marginalization; resistance and social movements; violence and armed conflict; critical social theory; feminist theory; power; and political thought. He is especially interested in young people as marginalized subjects and as participants in armed conflict and in conflict resolution. Caleb is a Notre Dame Presidential Fellow.  
  Chris Haw (theology & peace studies) earned a B.A. in theology and sociology from Eastern University and an M.A. in theology from Villanova University. He authored the best-selling political theology book Jesus for President and From Willow Creek to Sacred Heart, an award-winning theological memoir.
Chris has worked as a carpenter, served as a community organizer, taught at a Camden, N.J. school, worked as an adjunct professor of theology, and organized a neo-monastic community. Chris’s research interests include the role of sacrifice and liturgy in societal violence, focusing on the eucharistic host as "victim" and its place in social history. Chris is a Notebaert Fellow.
Kristina Hook (anthropology & peace studies) earned an M.A. degree in international development and a graduate certificate in humanitarian assistance from the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies and a B.A. in anthropology from the University of Florida. She served as a Policy Officer in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations and a Political/Economic Officer in a U.S. Embassy abroad. In 2013, she was awarded a U.S. Presidential Management Fellowship.
Kristina is currently a Fellow with the National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF-GRFP). She has published on topics including genocide, mass violence, post-conflict reconstruction, humanitarian lessons learned and methods of merging theory and practice in sustainable development programming. Her research interests include causal explanations of mass violence and mass killings, as well as how emerging micro-level research may be used to design more robust genocide diagnostic frameworks. Kristina is a Kellogg Ph.D. Fellow.
Janna Hunter-Bowman Janna Hunter-Bowman (theology & peace studies) earned an M.A. in peace studies from Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary while teaching as an adjunct peace studies professor at Goshen College, her alma mater.
As a senior program officer for Justapaz, a church-affiliated NGO in Bogota, Colombia, Janna developed and directed a national program monitoring political violence and peacebuilding. She also led and translated for fact-finding missions, authored in-depth investigative reports on the effects of U.S. policy, and published numerous book chapters and popular journal articles. Her eight years of field experience, supported by Mennonite Central Committee, also included assistance to Internally Displaced Persons. Janna also led policy advocacy efforts for Witness for Peace a grassroots organization committed to nonviolence.
Janna studies the value of the human rights framework on the conflict transformation efforts of victimized communities and develop complementary modes of communicating sociopolitical violence. Janna was a Mullen Family Fellow for the 2011-2012 academic year.
  Jesse James (political science & peace studies) graduated with honors from the University of Maryland with a B.A. in government and politics and a minor in rhetoric. She holds a joint J.D./M.A. from American University in international peace and conflict resolution and was admitted to the New York Bar in 2012. Prior to coming to Notre Dame, Jesse worked at the Enough Project and the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, DC. 
Jesse's research interests focus on the interdisciplinary connections between anthropology and international relations, especially the human propensity for peace and conflict. She is currently conducting research on indigenous sovereignty in the North American context.
Ji Eun Kim (political science and peace studies) holds an M.A. in international relations from Seoul National University (SNU) and a B.A. degree in American Studies from the Catholic University of Korea. After graduating with her master's degree in 2009, she worked at the Center for International Studies at SNU. 
At Notre Dame, Ji Eun plans to conduct research on ethics and international relations, and the role of morality at the intersection of security and peacebuilding. She is especially interested in the moral dimensions of a state, social construction of international moral norms, the use of moral rhetoric and its influence on state's threat perception, the role of religion in international politics, and East Asian security issues.
Kathrin Kranz (political science & peace studies) holds an LL.M. degree in public international law from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a B.A. in international politics from the University of Stirling in Scotland. After graduating with her master's degree, she trained with the Delegation of the European Commission to India in New Delhi and researched human rights and the politics of South Asia. 
At Notre Dame, Kathrin studies compliance with international agreements, focusing on multilateral arms embargoes. She also is interested in international norms, foreign policy and international law and human rights. Kathrin is a Notre Dame Presidential Fellow and a former Mullen Family Fellow.
Hyunjin Deborah Kwak (sociology & peace studies) holds an M.A. in international peace studies from Notre Dame (2009) and a B.A. in political science and French from Calvin College (2006).
Deborah's dissertation, "Building Bridges through Talk: Contention and Solidarity among Civil Society Groups in Mindanao," examines whether and how civil society groups in a post-conflict society interact in publics, and how they go about or fail to reconcile their identity differences. The study also investigates whether and how groups interact in deliberative processes and position themselves to contribute to the post-conflict peace process. Deborah was a Mullen Family Fellow for the 2012-2013 academic year.
Kyle Lambelet (theology & peace studies) holds an M.A. in theological studies from Vanderbilt University, where he received the university’s Founder's Medal for top honors in divinity studies. He also holds a B.A. in theology from Azusa Pacific University.  
Kyle has worked for the Greensboro Truth & Reconciliation Project in Greensboro, N.C., supporting the first truth and reconciliation commission in the United States. This experience shaped his academic interests in ethics, religion, and peacebuilding. Kyle has conducted research on the role of religious communities, liturgies, and religious practices in the lives of peacebuilders. He also is interested in the theological relationship between divine action and human political action. Kyle is a Kroc Excellence Fellow. He was named a Mullen Family Fellow for the 2013-2014 academic year. 
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  Marie Lance (psychology & peace studies) holds an M.A. in international peace and conflict resolution from American University and a B.A. in German and concentration in French from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Marie has taught elementary school and high school, interned at think tanks, and worked at NGOs. The recipient of a Boren Fellowship, she worked as assistant director of the Centar za Izgradnju Mira (Center for Peacebuilding) in Bosnia-Herzegovina, where she focused on youth and peacebuilding.
Marie’s primary research interest is the impact of trauma on youth in conflict zones. Her research examines youth resilience and means of addressing trauma in post-conflict settings, including the arts. She is a Kroc Excellence Fellow.
Angela Lederach (anthropology & peace studies) earned B.A. degrees in anthropology and peace studies from Notre Dame. After graduating, she was awarded a fellowship to conduct research on community reconciliation efforts, focusing on the reintegration of former combatants in Sierra Leone. This research, combined with undergraduate research she conducted with the West African Network for Peacebuilding, culminated in the co-authorship of her book When Blood and Bones Cry Out: Journeys Through the Soundscape of Healing and Reconciliation. Angela has six years of experience working with community-based peacebuilding and restorative justice processes in the Philippines, Bolivia, the United States, and Guatemala.
Angela's doctoral research focuses on the participation of young people in grassroots peacebuilding in northern Colombia. Her teaching and research interests include feminist theory, social movements, structural violence, and social recovery. Angela was named a Mullen Family Fellow for the 2014-15 academic year and is a Notre Dame Presidential Fellow.
Shinkyu Lee (political science & peace studies) goes by James. His research focuses on the intersection of political theory and international relations. He is currently writing a dissertation on Hannah Arendt's thought on political associations and their inter-political relations. He also is developing an interest in different voices of political existentialism, especially how thinkers such as Arendt, Schmitt and Fanon can shed new light on topics relating to political violence and reconciliation.
James holds an M.A. in political science from Notre Dame. He also has an academic background in the study of religion. Prior to his doctoral training, he earned an M.Div. from Harvard and an M.Litt. in anthropology of religion from Aberdeen, Scotland. He is a Notre Dame Presidential Fellow.
Leslie MacColman (sociology & peace studies) holds a B.A. degree in anthropology and Spanish, a graduate certificate in non-profit management, and an M.A. degree in international relations, peace and conflict resolution, which she earned as a Rotary Peace Fellow at the Universidad del Salvador in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She also has several years of professional experience with NGOs and international organizations in Argentina, Ecuador, Panama and Mozambique.
Leslie is interested in political sociology, social movements, institutions and informal governance arrangements. Her current work focuses on power-sharing between state and non-state actors and the myriad causes of corruption, and she plans to conduct comparative research on security sector reform in Latin America and Africa. Leslie is a Notre Dame Presidential Fellow and a Mullen Family Fellow.
Emily Maiden (political science & peace studies) earned an M.A. degree in political science and B.A. degrees in political science and philosophy from the University of Louisville. A 2009 Boren Scholar to Japan, she studied Asian politics at Kansai Gaidai University. She has interned for a U.S. congressional representative, worked for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and served as a volunteer teacher in Zambia.
At Notre Dame, Emily’s research will focus on the integration of marginalized groups, particularly women and girls, into peacekeeping and peacebuilding operations in modern Sub-Saharan Africa. She also is interested in peace processes, including the use of diplomacy, principled negotiation and alternative dispute resolution.
  Maryam Rokhideh (anthropology & peace studies) holds a master’s degree in conflict resolution from the University of Bradford, where she worked with the John Elnora Ferguson Centre for African Studies. She graduated with honors from the University of California, Irvine with a B.A. in international studies and minors in conflict resolution and comparative literature. As a researcher and practitioner, Maryam has worked with conflict-affected communities in Cameroon, Rwanda, Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Colombia and South Korea. She also has served as a peace writer for the Women’s Peacemaker Program at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice.
Maryam’s research explores the interdisciplinary interactions between anthropology, political science and peace studies, especially how the experience of conflict is culturally constructed and the implications for peacebuilding and post-conflict recovery. Maryam is a Notre Dame Presidential Fellow.
Katie Scrafford (psychology & peace studies) holds a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from Antioch University New England, where her research focused on on art-based therapies for children suffering from trauma. Since 2011, she has worked in Rwanda developing trauma counseling groups for mothers; a counseling group for a women’s organization; training programs for lay counselors and a lay counselors’ network.
Katie’s research interests include the roles of group counseling in peace-building efforts, particularly those following ethnic violence, as in post-genocide and post-civil war contexts. She is interested in the psychological impact of mass violence on cultures and non-Western ways of conceptualizing and addressing trauma and healing.
Dana Townsend (psychology & peace studies) earned bachelor’s degrees in neuroscience and writing from the University of Pittsburgh and an MA in international conflict resolution and mediation. After graduating, she mentored youth in sustainable community development through KEYS Service Corps and managed international outreach programs for the American Psychological Association. She has also lived and conducted research in East Africa and the Middle East. 
Dana plans to research the impact of political and sectarian violence on youth development, focusing on psychosocial interventions for at-risk youth and the social ecological predictors of moral and civic action. She is also interested in psychology’s contribution to the study of social identity and narrative formation, nonviolent social action, and conflict transformation in communities divided along religious or ethnic lines. She is a Notre Dame Presidential Fellow.
Lenore VanderZee (political science & peace studies) holds a B.A. (1998) in interdisciplinary studies from Calvin College and a J.D. (2006) and an L.L.M.. in human rights law (2007) from Notre Dame Law School. From 2000-2003, she worked with Palestinian human rights and development organizations and reported for Dubai Television as a journalist in Israel and the West Bank. During law school, she interned at the Irish Centre for Human Rights at the National University of Ireland, Galway and the Middle East and North African unit at the International Center for Transitional Justice in New York. 
Lenore's dissertation research focuses on military occupation, specifically why and how it ends. Her committee includes Peter Wallensteen (Chair), Michael Coppedge, Michael Desch, and Mary Ellen O'Connell. She is also interested in the measurement and conceptualization of democracy, environmental politics, human rights, and how international laws and norms shape state behavior and domestic decision-making.
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Laura Weis (history & peace studies)graduated from Saint Louis University in 2004 with B.A. degrees in history and sociology. She has conducted research on foreign policy issues and lobbied in Washington, D.C., with the Friends Committee on National Legislation and the American Friends Service Committee. She also has helped survey post-conflict recovery programs in Aceh, Indonesia.
Laura's research interests include the salience of Islam in the development and implementation of U.S. foreign policy over time. Her dissertation will focus on U.S. relations with Iraq and Indonesia from 1954-1966. Laura was a Mullen Family Fellow for the 2012-2013 academic year.
Michael Yankoski (theology & peace studies) earned an M.A. in theological studies from Regent College and bachelor’s degrees in computer science and religious studies from Westmont College. He is a former program manager for a John F. Templeton Foundation Faith and Science grant and has worked with both domestic and international humanitarian agencies. He is the author of four books and a Kroc Excellence Fellow.
Michael's academic interests focus on the intersection of environmental ethics, indigenous rights and resource-based conflict.