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Josh Sisolak (Class of 2024)

Josh Sisolak is a junior from Ashland, Montana, majoring in Peace Studies and Film, Television, and Theatre. Josh had a unique experience attending the Madrasa Discourse Intensive in Nepal this summer, where he learned more about Islam and the role of religion in peacebuilding. In this interview, Josh talks with...

Josh Sisolak (Class of 2024)

Juan Mosquera Sepulveda (MGA ’22)

Juan Mosquera Sepúlveda is a Colombian peacebuilder passionate about policymaking for conflict transformation. In this conversation with fellow MGA-IPS student Anna Romandash, he highlights his most important takeaways and outlooks from his six-month experience.  

Juan Mosquera Sepulveda (MGA ’22)

Ali Altiok (Peace Studies and Political Science)

Ali Altiok is a first-year Peace Studies and Political Science student from Turkey. Before coming to the Kroc Institute, Ali worked as a researcher at the United Nations and as a coordinator and policy officer at multiple peacebuilding organizations. He has an interdisciplinary educational background. He holds Master’s Degrees in...

Ali Altiok (Peace Studies and Political Science)

Gulzeyin Khalibaeva MGA ’21

It’s rare for a leading humanitarian organization to hire a newly minted master’s graduate. But that’s exactly what happened when Gulzeyin Khalibaeva MGA ’21 was offered a full-time position with Catholic Relief Services (CRS). In fact, Khalibaeva began working for CRS two months before she graduated from Notre Dame with a master...

Gulzeyin Khalibaeva MGA ’21

Carli Steelman (Ph.D. in Peace Studies and Sociology)

Carli Steelman is a fourth-year peace studies and sociology Ph.D. student. Originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, Carli studied political science before coming to the University of Notre Dame. She credits the Kroc Institute for enabling her research which focuses on the role of collective memory in post-conflict societies Bosnia and Herzegovina...

Carli Steelman (Ph.D. in Peace Studies and Sociology)

Euda Fils (MGA ’23)

Euda Fils is a first year Master of Global Affairs, International Peace Studies student. A Haitian, she moved to Florida when she was nine. Euda studied economics and was a Peace Corps volunteer before joining the Kroc Institute. She wants to work in corporate social responsibility after she graduates and...

Euda Fils (MGA ’23)

Dane Sherman (Class of 2024)

Dane Sherman is a sophomore with a supplementary major in peace studies. He grew up in Seattle, Washington, and never thought he would come to the University of Notre Dame, but is glad he did. At the Kroc Institute, Dane met a lot of like-minded people who want to make...

Dane Sherman (Class of 2024)

Sarah Nanjala (MGA ’23)

Sarah Nanjala is a first year Master of Global Affairs, International Peace Studies student. A Kenyan, she was born and raised in Nairobi, a location that has played a significant role in her life. A journalist by training, Sarah observed frequent electoral violence in her home country and wanted to...

Sarah Nanjala (MGA ’23)

Analina Barnes (Class of 2024)

Analina Barnes is a sophomore studying anthropology with a minor in peace studies. Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, she grew up speaking English, French, and Spanish at home. Analina chose Notre Dame because it was a well-regarded school and she felt that the academic programs here fit her interests.…

Analina Barnes (Class of 2024)

Sehrazat G. Mart (Ph.D. in Peace Studies and Sociology)

Sehrazat G. Mart is a Ph.D. student in peace studies and sociology and interested in empowerment of marginalized groups , social movements, and structural transformations. Originally from Turkey, she studied sociology in her home country, and later, received her Master’s degree at the University of Notre Dame. For Sehrazat, completing...

Sehrazat G. Mart (Ph.D. in Peace Studies and Sociology)

Lenai Johnson (MGA ’22)

Lenai Johnson is a second-year Master of Global Affairs, International Peace Studies student. Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Philippines. Lenai is passionate about studying gender, indigeneity, and the causes of mass atrocities and working at the intersection of these topics.…

Lenai Johnson (MGA ’22)

Juliet Webb (Class of 2023)

Juliet Webb is a junior studying anthropology with a supplementary major in peace studies. A native of both New York and Chicago, she always wanted to be an educator, and she  discovered peace studies through a lucky coincidence. In this interview, she shares her impressions on studying peace, her aspirations, and...

Juliet Webb (Class of 2023)

Sean Raming (Ph.D. in Peace Studies and History)

Sean Raming is a second-year peace studies and history Ph.D. student researching militarism in the U.S. Before joining the Kroc Institute, he lived across the U.S., worked as a commercial fisherman for nearly seven years, and even played in a band that toured across Europe. He says that he followed...

Sean Raming (Ph.D. in Peace Studies and History)

Student Q&A: Tinaishe Maramba

Tinaishe Maramba, a master of global affairs student at the Keough School, reflects on his summer experience as an Ansari Institute intern with Religions for Peace.

Student Q&A: Tinaishe Maramba

Dinah Lawan (Class of 2022)

Home Country: Nigeria  Major: Political Science  Minors: Peace Studies and Art Studio What drew you to study peace at the Kroc Institute? Growing up in a small village in Northern Nigeria, I have witnessed gender-based inequality regarding education and I have experienced and survived violence at the hands of the...

Dinah Lawan (Class of 2022)

Jirah Kaye Luison (Master of Global Affairs, International Peace Studies, '21)

Hometown: Butuan City, Philippines Program: Keough School Master of Global Affairs, International Peace Studies Concentration Research Interest: Adolescent and youth participation in governance, especially in post-conflict situations. You had been working in the fields of peace and development in Malaysia and the Philippines for almost a decade before you came...

Jirah Kaye Luison (Master of Global Affairs, International Peace Studies, '21)

Somin Jo (Class of 2021)

Hometown: San Jose, California Major: Neuroscience and Behavior Minor: Peace Studies Somin Jo was interviewed by current peace studies undergraduate student Matthew Macke (‘21).  Matthew Macke: Why did you choose to pursue a minor peace studies? Somin Jo: I chose peace studies after attending a lecture given by former secretary-general...

Somin Jo (Class of 2021)

Bishara Mohamed (MGA, '21)

Hometown: Nairobi, Kenya Program: Master’s in Global Affairs with International Peace Studies Concentration Research Interests: Migration, Refugee Policy, the Environment, and Women Bishara was interviewed by current peace studies undergraduate student Matthew Macke (‘21).  Matthew: You were a clinical psychologist prior to coming to Notre Dame. How did you end...

Bishara Mohamed (MGA, '21)

Flora Tang (Ph.D. in Peace Studies and Theology)

Hometown: Beijing, China Program: Ph.D. Peace Studies  and Theology (B.A. ‘18, Political Science and Theology Major with Minor in Philosophy, Religion, and Literature) Research Interests: Post-traumatic theology, decolonial and queer theologies, gender and sexuality studies, religion, and literature You went to Notre Dame for your undergraduate, then on to Harvard Divinity...

Flora Tang (Ph.D. in Peace Studies and Theology)

Mortaza Saeidi-Javash (Graduate Minor in Peace Studies)

Hometown: Tabriz, Iran Degree and Year of Study: Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Graduate Minor in Peace Studies Research Interests: 3D Printing of thermoelectric generators for energy harvesting; energy-related conflict resolution Why did you choose to pursue a graduate minor in peace studies? My research is about developing high-performance thermoelectric generators...

Mortaza Saeidi-Javash (Graduate Minor in Peace Studies)

Cristian Sáez Flórez (Master of Global Affairs, International Peace Studies, '21)

Program:  Master’s in Global Affairs, International Peace Studies Concentration Research Interests: Armed Conflict and Memory, Transitional Justice Systems, Gender Issues, and Data Visualization Hometown: Planeta Rica, Córdoba, Colombia (Although much of the past 20 years has been in Medellín and Bogotá) What drew you to study peace?…

Cristian Sáez Flórez (Master of Global Affairs, International Peace Studies, '21)

Clara Villatoro Huezo (Master of Global Affairs, International Peace Studies, '22)

Hometown: San Salvador, El Salvador Research Interests: Immigration and Forced Migration What drew you to study peace as part of the Master of Global Affairs program? Well, I grew up in a country that experienced conflict--and a lot violence post-conflict--so what peace means and how to respond with peace is...

Clara Villatoro Huezo (Master of Global Affairs, International Peace Studies, '22)

Marty Kennedy (Class of 2022)

Majors: Sociology and Peace Studies Minor: Data Science Hometown: South Bend, Indiana  Why did you choose peace studies? I mean, what a fascinating subject. It’s a methodology for understanding the world. I study peace because it offers an ideology and a mindset that is vital for today and tomorrow. I have a specific...

Marty Kennedy (Class of 2022)

Amaryst Parks (Ph.D. in Peace Studies and Sociology)

Program: Ph.D. in Peace Studies and Sociology Hometown: Florence, Alabama Research Interests: Anti-blackness, education, systemic oppression What drew you to study peace at the Kroc Institute? One of my undergraduate mentors completed advanced studies at the University of Notre Dame, and they recommended that I look into the Kroc program. After graduation, I...

Amaryst Parks (Ph.D. in Peace Studies and Sociology)

Meilin Scanish (Class of 2021)

Majors: History and Peace Studies Minor: French Hometown: Lexington, Kentucky Why did you choose peace studies? I chose peace studies to gain a more global perspective. For my history major, I specialize in the American context, but my studies of the past are complemented by peace studies’ interdisciplinary view of contemporary international relations....

Meilin Scanish (Class of 2021)