Kroc Welcomes Fall 2018 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 2018-2019 academic year.

Kate Paarlberg-Kvam (on campus Fall 2018) holds a doctorate in Latin American Studies from the University at Albany (SUNY), and teaches courses in Latin American history, gender studies, and international affairs at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. She studies feminist mobilizations in Latin America, and is the author of several articles about Colombian women's peace organizing in the context of the recent peace accords. 

While at the Kroc Institute she will be working on a book project based on her 2016 dissertation about the contributions of feminist activism to the construction of peace in Colombia.

Marcos S. Scauso holds a Ph.D. in Political Science, with a primary focus on international relations and secondary interest in political theory, from the University of California, Irvine. His research lies at the intersection of international relations and identity politics, with a focus on indigenous voices in post-colonial Latin America. Scauso has directed two research documentaries about indigenous activists in Argentina and Bolivia which inspired his current book project, Re-imagining IR: Indianismo, Decoloniality, and the Problem of Difference.

The book builds on extensive fieldwork in Bolivia to bring to light marginalized voices that provide new pathways for re-imagining international relations. The book has broader implications for how to conceptualize the problem of difference in international relations, the continuing impact of legacies of colonialism, and the prospects for global peace and order. 

Shivaji Mukherjee is an Assistant Professor in Political Science at the University of Toronto. He teaches courses on South Asian politics, civil wars, and qualitative methods.

He is working on a book manuscript on the colonial legacies of British indirect rule and how this set up structural conditions for Maoist insurgency in India. The book is based on his dissertation research on this topic at Yale University and an article based on this research is currently forthcoming in the Journal of Conflict Resolution

Mukherjee’s future research includes a project focused on counterinsurgency patterns and the Maoist insurgency, focusing on subnational variation in patterns of state violence within India. While at the Kroc Institute, he hopes to collaborate with the Peace Accords Matrix Project and analyze why the Maoist insurgency in Nepal ended through peace negotiations while the Maoist insurgency in India persists. 

Elena B. Stavrevska holds a Ph.D. in Political Science with an international relations concentration from the Central European University. Her research and publications have focused on governance and intersectionality in post-conflict societies, the European Union’s approach to peacebuilding, and interpretive methodologies in peace and conflict studies.

While at the Kroc Institute, she will be working on a book manuscript, partially based on her doctoral dissertation, that examines intersectional justice in the aftermath of peace agreements and the political economy of gender in post-conflict societies.


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.


Applications for 2019-20 Visiting Research Fellows will be accepted from September 1 to December 15, 2018.


For more information, contact: Lisa Gingerich, 574-631-9730,