Kroc Welcomes Six New Ph.D. Students

Author: Kristi Flaherty

Six new students in four disciplines recently began the Kroc Institute’s interdisciplinary doctoral program in peace studies. The program is a partnership with the University of Notre Dame Departments of Anthropology, History, Political Science, Sociology, Psychology, and Theology.


“The Ph.D. program in Peace Studies addresses the desire of many students to center their graduate studies—in whatever their discipline—around a normative commitment to the dignity of humanity and the importance of using knowledge to reduce suffering around the world,” said Catherine Bolten, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Peace Studies and Director of Kroc’s doctoral program. “Ph.D. students in peace studies pursue rigorous intellectual inquiry in an atmosphere that takes seriously their desire to make the world a better place.”


Incoming students for fall 2018 include:


Sarah Crane (history and peace studies) will explore the legacy of Gideon Hausner and the Eichmann Trial by digging deeper into how the law’s response to present expressions of violence has been molded by the discussions spawned by these three men and their trials. 


Anna Johnson (sociology and peace studies) is interested in the growing industry of Christian peace and justice tours in Palestine/Israel, including the possibilities these tours hold for affecting social change as well as their effect on local communities.


Helal Mohammed Khan (anthropology and peace studies) will study the Rohingya in Southeast Asia beyond the common themes of persecution and focus on hope, positivity, and host-migrant interactional triviality.


Joséphine Lechartre (political science and peace studies) will specialize in the study of the relationship between transitional justice institutions and the process of state-building in weak state areas in Colombia.


Sehrazat G. Mart (sociology and peace studies) will research the socio-political forces and conditions in Istanbul that facilitate or obstruct participatory and deliberative urban governance and the role of urban movements in shaping the city.


Khan Asfandyar Shairani (history and peace studies) will study the dynamics of culture and religion in the formation of religious minority identities during the Qing Dynasty in Central Asia.


Created in 2008, the Kroc Institute's Ph.D. program in peace studies offers six distinct, yet related, degrees. Peace studies doctoral students are prepared for a wide range of scholarly, teaching, and professional positions.


The application deadline for the Ph.D. program is December 15. Apply Now »


Contact: Catherine Bolten, (574) 631-5099,