Kroc welcomes 2019-20 Visiting Research Fellows

Author: Kristi Flaherty

The Kroc Institute is pleased to announce that four scholars began their terms as visiting research fellows at the start of the 2019-2020 academic year.

Kroc Institute’s Visiting Research Fellows Program brings outstanding scholars focused on peace research to the University of Notre Dame for a semester or a full academic year. Visiting Research Fellows actively integrate their research with ongoing Kroc research initiatives and participate in events and lectures as part of the Kroc Institute learning community.

This year’s Visiting Fellows are:


Justin de Leon (2019-2020) earned a Ph.D. in international relations with a focus on gender and women’s studies and Native American studies at the University of Delaware. De Leon was previously a Lecturer at the University of California, San Diego, teaching courses on race, class, gender, and Native studies and was a member of Vanderbilt University’s Global Feminism Research Collaborative.

De Leon is also an award-winning documentary filmmaker. While at the Kroc Institute, de Leon will be writing a book manuscript entitled Resurgent Visual Sovereignty: Indigenous Representation and Praxis that explores Indigenous traditional and creative approaches to sovereignty.


Scott Moeschberger (Fall 2019) is Professor of Psychology at Taylor University, where he recently launched an interdisciplinary program focused on working with orphans and vulnerable children. He has written on semiotics in South Africa, Northern Ireland, and the United States, culminating in an edited book, Symbols that Unite; Symbols That Divide. As a faculty member at Taylor University, he has taught a wide variety of courses, including a decade of teaching a course on peace and reconciliation, and he regularly involves students in research and practicums around the world, such as South Africa and Namibia.

His work while at the Kroc Institute is focused on preventing violence against children.

Catriona Web

Catriona Standfield (2019-2020) earned her Ph.D. in political science from Syracuse University in August 2019. Her research agenda centers on the interdisciplinary study of gender in diplomacy and mediation.

While at the Kroc Institute, Standfield will work on a book project examining the implementation of gender equality reforms in United Nations-brokered peace processes. 

Tobias Winright 1

Tobias Winright (Fall 2019) is the Hubert Mäder Endowed Chair of Health Care Ethics and Associate Professor in the Department of Theological Studies and the Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics at Saint Louis University. He received his Ph.D. in Christian ethics and moral theology from the University of Notre Dame. His research and teaching interests include just war theory, criminal justice ethics, ecological theology, Catholic social thought, and bioethics. 

While at the Kroc Institute, Winright will work on a book project that integrates recent Catholic thought and teaching on integral development, integral ecology, and integral nuclear disarmament through the lens of integral peacebuilding. 

Applications for 2020-21 Visiting Research Fellowships are open until January 1, 2020.

 For more information, contact: Jeanine Dziak,