Peace Studies Ph.D. Students Awarded Research Grants

Author: Renée LaReau

Contact: Ann Mische, 574-631-7760,

“It has been an extraordinarily successful year with our students winning both external and internal fellowships and grants,” said Ann Mische, director of doctoral studies. “It’s gratifying to see their hard work pay off, and we look forward to seeing the fruits of their research.”

Francis Bonenfant-Juwong (history & peace studies) has been awarded a research grant from Notre Dame’s Nanovic Institute for European Studies. He will study British colonial education and agricultural policies for Arab villagers in Palestine in the 1930s.

Rieti Gengo (anthropology & peace studies) has received a Kellogg Institute Graduate Research Grant. Rieti’s research focuses on the bio-social impacts of long-term warehousing of refugees at the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya.

Kristina Hook (anthropology & peace studies) has been awarded a three-year Early Career fellowship from the National Science Foundation-Graduate Research Fellowship Program. She will conduct research on large-scale, civilian-targeted violence, including genocide and mass atrocities.

Kristina also received a summer research grant from the Holodomor Research and Education Consortium of the University of Alberta’s Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, which will enable her to conduct archival research on historical instances of mass atrocities in Ukraine.  She also was selected as a 2016 Transatlantic Summer Institute Fellow, which brings together 10 North American and 10 European doctoral students studying the Holocaust, genocide, and political violence legacies at the University of Bayreuth, Germany.

Janna Hunter-Bowman (theology & peace studies) has been awarded a USAID/UN Global Development Grant for her summer research on how moral visions inform local community responses to the peacebuilding process in Colombia.

Kyle Lambelet (theology & peace studies) has been awarded a Louisville Institute Dissertation Fellowship. His dissertation examines religious actors' engagement in effective, nonviolent political change. Kyle’s research focuses specifically on the effort to close the U.S. Army School of the Americas, one of the longest-running nonviolent social movements currently active in the United States.

Angela Lederach (anthropology & peace studies) has been awarded a Fulbright Student Award for her dissertation research in Colombia. Angie will research the role of intergenerational solidarity in a nonviolent peace movement — the Peaceful Movement of the Alta Montaña (Movimiento Pacífico de la Alta Montaña) —in Colombia. She also has been awarded a USAID/Notre Dame Global Development Fellowship and a Kellogg Institute Graduate Research Grant.

Leslie MacColman (sociology & peace studies) has been awarded a USAID/Notre Dame Development Fellowship. Her research will focus on urban violence and insecurity, community mobilization, and security sector reform in Honduras.

Dana Townsend (psychology & peace studies) received a grant from Notre Dame’s Summer Language Abroad program to study Arabic in Lebanon. This language training will inform her dissertation research on the emotional impact of violence on youth in East Jerusalem.

Laura Weis (history & peace studies) has been accepted into the Summer Seminar in History and Statecraft, held at the Clements Center for National Security at the University of Texas at Austin. She will examine the relationship between historians and policymakers in understanding and influencing foreign policy.

The Kroc Institute partners with six Notre Dame departments to offer six distinct but related doctoral degrees: Anthropology and Peace Studies, History and Peace Studies, Political Science and Peace Studies, Psychology and Peace Studies, Sociology and Peace Studies, and Theology and Peace Studies. Students are fully credentialed in one of the six disciplines and trained in interdisciplinary peace research. The degree prepares students for positions in research, teaching, and peacebuilding. 

Contact: Ann Mische, 574-631-7760,