Kroc Welcomes 2016-17 Visiting Research Fellows

Author: Kristi Flaherty

2016 Kroc Visiting Fellows News

The Kroc Institute is pleased to announce that four scholars specializing in conflict and peace have begun their terms as visiting research fellows during the 2016-17 academic year.

  • Robert W. Hefner is director of the Institute on Culture, Religion, and World Affairs (CURA) and Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Boston University. While at the Kroc Institute, his research will center on two broad issues: Islamic ethics, law, and subjectivity in a pluralist age; and the challenge of religious diversity and pluralist coexistence in the global south and late-modern West. Hefner's appointment is supported by the Luce Foundation.
  • Peter Kankonde Bukasa coordinates the Religion and Migration Research Initiative at the African Centre for Migration and Society, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. While at the Kroc Institute, he will conduct research and work towards finalising a book entitled: “Authoritarian Democratisation, Youth Insurgent Waithood, and the Dynamics of Violent Transnational Mobilisation in African Diaspora Communities: the Case of the Congolese Combattant Movement.”
  • Rosemary Kellison is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religion at the University of West Georgia in Carrollton, Georgia. As a Kroc Institute visiting fellow, she will complete her book on feminist moral philosophy and the just war tradition.
  • Tanya B. Schwarz  holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Irvine. She will work on two projects at the Kroc Institute. The first is a book based on her dissertation, Instruments of the Divine? Faith-Based Organizations in International Politics. The second project examines the ways that NGOs, governments, and intergovernmental agencies frame so-called "Islamic extremist" groups and their relationship to "authentic" Islam, and how such framings shape possibilities for strategic peacebuilding and the securitization of religion.

Each year, the Visiting Research Fellows Program brings outstanding scholars (at the post-doctoral and senior scholar level) to the Kroc Institute to conduct research, collaborate with faculty, and participate in the life of the Kroc Institute and Notre Dame.

Contact: Anne Riordan, 574-631-9730,