The University of Notre Dame's Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, part of the Keough School of Global Affairs, is one of the world's leading centers for the study of the causes of violent conflict and strategies for sustainable peace. Kroc Institute faculty and fellows conduct interdisciplinary research on a wide range of topics related to peace and justice.

The Kroc Institute also offers degrees at every level:

  • The Ph.D. Program in Peace Studies shapes the field by producing scholars and educators trained in peace research and in the fields of anthropology, history, political science, psychology, sociology, and theology.
  • The Undergraduate Program in Peace Studies allows students at Notre Dame and Saint Mary's College to enrich their education with a supplementary (second) major or minor in peace studies.

The Institute also hosts a global network of 1,900+ Kroc Institute alumni working at all levels of society to build a more just and peaceful world.

The Kroc Institute’s mission is integral to Notre Dame, an international Catholic research university. The Church has a rich tradition of teaching on war, peace, justice, and human rights. The Kroc Institute fosters collaboration among religious and secular traditions, strengthening the capacity of all for building peace.

Informed by the University's "Spirit of Inclusion," the Kroc Institute welcomes all people, regardless of color, gender, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, social or economic class, or nationality, and works to sustain an inclusive environment.

Land Acknowledgement

We acknowledge the Kroc Institute’s presence on the traditional homelands of Native peoples, particularly the Pokagon Potawatomi, who have been using this land for thousands of years and continue to do so. We recognize our own place in the history and practices of colonialism and understand that our responsibilities extend beyond this gesture of land acknowledgment. We must also reflect on the University of Notre Dame’s past, present, and future relationship with the original stewards of this land and actively pursue ways to amend this troubled relationship.

We also note that a land acknowledgment alone could be meaningless if it is not accompanied by active work to address the structural injustice and violence perpetrated against Indigenous people around the globe, both historically and currently. The Kroc Institute is committed to working to address these harms and to find ways to contribute to constructive transformation through our teaching, research, and peacebuilding efforts.