Peacebuilding requires an understanding of the underlying causes of armed conflict and and violence. Kroc scholars are engaged in a range of work that seeks to generate knowledge about the roots of armed conflict, political violence, genocide, state repression, and gross violations of human rights.

Kroc faculty also study the impact and dynamics of nonviolent movements for social and political change, including analysis of mobilization, organizing, and political protest and activism at the local, regional, and transnational levels.

Kroc faculty working in this area include:

David Cortright, director of policy studies
Gary Goertz,
professor of political science and peace studies
Robert C. Johansen,
professor emeritus of political science and peace studies
George A. Lopez,
Hesburgh Chair of International Peace Studies
Laura Miller-Graff, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Peace Studies
Ann Mische,
Associate Professor of Sociology and Peace Studies
Ebrahim Moosa,
professor of Islamic studies
Mary Ellen O'Connell,
professor of conflict resolution
Patrick Regan, professor of political science and peace studies
Ernesto Verdeja,
assistant professor of political science and peace studies