Kroc Appoints Four New Faculty Fellows

Author: Renée LaReau

The Kroc Institute recently welcomed 4 new faculty fellows, whose wide-ranging expertise and interests will enrich interdisciplinary teaching and research related to peace and justice.

Olivier Morel, Assistant Professor of Film, Media Studies and French Literature, focuses on literature, cinema, art and peacebuilding; writing and filming trauma; media and war; testimony, responsibility and forgiveness and post-war France and Germany.  

Alison Rice, Associate Professor of French and Francophone Literature, specializes in postcolonial theory; immigrant literature; women’s international human rights; music and memory; translation; writing war, trauma; literature, film, and forgiveness.   

Christian Smith, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Sociology and Concurrent Professor of World Church and World Religions, researches human personhood, dignity, and flourishing; religion, culture, and social order; and critical realism.  

Thomas A. Tweed, Harold and Martha Welch Professor of American Studies and Concurrent Professor of History, focuses on U.S. religious history; religious theory; Cuban-American Catholicism and Asian religions.

Kroc faculty fellows are professors at the University of Notre Dame — whose primary faculty appointments are in the College of Arts and Letters or the sciences or business — whose research and teaching intersect with issues of pea

ce and justice of interest to the Kroc Institute. Kroc faculty fellows often teach courses that are part of the peace studies curriculum, collaborate with Kroc faculty scholars, and contribute to Kroc research initiatives.

The Kroc Institute's 65 faculty fellows are scholars in diverse fields and disciplines, including Africana studies, anthropology, biological sciences, economics, English literature, finance, history, law, management, philosophy, political science, psychology, sociology and theology.