Ph.D. Students in Peace Studies Named 2013-14 Mullen Family Fellows

Author: Renée LaReau

Karie Cross, a Ph.D. student in political science and peace studies, and Kyle Lambelet, a Ph.D. student in theology and peace studies, have been named Mullen Family Fellows for the 2013-14 academic year.

Notre Dame peace studies Ph.D. students Karie Cross and Kyle Lambelet have been named Mullen Family Fellows for the 2013-14 academic year.

The Mullen Family Fellowships were created in 2008 — the year the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies launched the Ph.D. program in Peace Studies — thanks to the generosity of the family of Jack Mullen ’53, chair of the Advisory Council of the Kroc Institute. 

Karie Cross is earning a Ph.D. in political science and peace studies. She holds a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Maryland. Cross has worked for a human rights advocacy group in Nepal, conducted survey research with the Occupy movement, and conducted research for the Aspen Institute in Washington, D.C. Her academic interests include the conditions for perpetual peace, focusing on women's rights. Cross's current research examines the empowerment of women in developing countries.

Kyle Lambelet is pursuing a Ph.D. in theology and peace studies. He holds an M.A. in theological studies from Vanderbilt University. Lambelet has worked for the Greensboro Truth & Reconciliation Project in Greensboro, N.C., supporting the first truth and reconciliation commission in the United States. This experience shaped his academic interests in ethics, religion, and peacebuilding. He has conducted research on the role of religious communities, liturgies, and religious practices in the lives of peacebuilders. Lambelet also is a Kroc Excellence Fellow.

Previous Mullen Family Fellows include Douglas Ansel (political science and peace studies), Jessica Brandwein (political science and peace studies), Matthew Chandler (sociology and peace studies), Alex Dukalskis (Ph.D. '13, political science and peace studies), Janna Hunter-Bowman (theology and peace studies), Hyunjin Deborah Kwak (sociology and peace studies), Laura Taylor (Ph.D. '13, psychology and peace studies), and Laura Weis (history and peace studies).

The Kroc Institute partners with 6 Notre Dame departments to offer 6 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 them for positions in research, teaching, and peacebuilding.   

Contact: Asher Kaufman, (574) 631-8213,