Kroc Welcomes 2017-18 Visiting Research Fellows

Author: Kristi Flaherty

The Kroc Institute is pleased to announce that four scholars have begun their terms as visiting research fellows during the 2017-18 academic year.

  • Nisa Göksel recently earned a Ph.D. in sociology from Northwestern University, Evanston. She also holds a graduate certificate from the Gender and Sexuality Studies Department at Northwestern. While at the Kroc Institute, she will work on two projects. The first is a book project based on her dissertation about the political mobilization of Kurdish women around peace, democracy, and women’s freedom. In the second project, she examines the participation of women in armed struggles in the Middle East.
  • Paula Ditzel Facci holds a Ph.D. in Peace, Conflict and Development from the Universitat Jaume I, Spain, and an M.A. from the UNESCO Chair for Peace Studies, University of Innsbruck, Austria. In Fall 2016, she was a visiting scholar at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding - Eastern Mennonite University. While at the Kroc Institute, Paula will continue her research on dance as a method to elicit conflict transformation and unfold the characteristics of peace, with a special focus on embodiment and transformation in dialogue with gender and feminist theories.
  • Benjamin N. Lawrance is a graduate of Stanford University and University College London. He is a professor of history at the University of Arizona and studies comparative historical and contemporary slavery, human trafficking, cuisine and globalization, human rights, refugee mobilities, and asylum decision-making. While at the Kroc Institute, he will be writing a book entitled, Nations Inside Out: An African Refugee Grammar.

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: Lisa Gingerich, 574-631-9730,