Ph.D. Students Named 2015-16 Mullen Family Fellows

Author: Kristi Flaherty

Two Notre Dame Ph.D. students in peace studies have been named Mullen Family Fellows for the 2015-16 academic year.

Emily Maiden is earning a Ph.D. in political science and peace studies. She holds a B.A. in political science and philosophy, an M.A. in political science, and a diploma in Asian studies, which she earned as a Boren Scholar at Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka, Japan. Maiden’s research focuses primarily on the integration of marginalized groups—particularly females—into peacekeeping and peacebuilding operations in sub-Saharan Africa. More recently, her work evaluates African women’s social movements. To augment her interests in gender, she is also competing a graduate minor in Gender Studies at Notre Dame.

This summer, Maiden served as a USAID Fellow in Cape Town, South Africa, where she conducted research on South Africa’s democratization process for the Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) Project. Her work has been published in the Journal of International Peacekeeping and the Gendered Perspectives of International Development Resource Bulletin. 

Kathryn Scrafford graduated with her Master’s degree in Family Therapy in 2011 at Antioch University New England. She interned as an art-based therapist with conduct-disordered adolescents. After completing her degree, Katie moved to Kigali, Rwanda as a Client Care Fellow with International Justice Mission (IJM), where she developed and co-facilitated trauma counseling groups for mothers. She also worked with a local non-profit in Musanze, Rwanda, developing a counseling department serving the families employed at the organization. They also developed a lay counselor training program and network, facilitating the growth of counseling programs in local schools, churches, and nonprofit organizations.

As a Ph.D. student in Peace Studies and Clinical Psychology, Katie participates in Laura Miller-Graff’s research on local domestic violence against pregnant women. Katie’s international research focuses on culturally-relevant psychosocial interventions for people affected by mass trauma. She believes that interpersonal healing is an essential component of peacebuilding, and hopes to facilitate the development and evaluation of local counseling networks and programs in conflict-affected regions.

The Mullen Family Fellowships were created in 2008 thanks to the generosity of the family of Jack Mullen ‘53, chair of the Kroc Institute’s Advisory Council. Mullen, former corporate vice-president of Johnson & Johnson, and his family are long-time supporters of the Kroc Institute and the University of Notre Dame.  

Previous Mullen Family Fellows include Ph.D. students Angela Lederach (anthropology and peace studies), Leslie MacColman (sociology and peace studies), Douglas Ansel (political science and peace studies), Jessica Brandwein (political science and peace studies), Matthew Chandler (sociology and peace studies), Karie Cross (political science 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), Kyle Lambelet (theology and peace studies), Laura Taylor (Ph.D. '13, psychology and peace studies), and Laura Weis (history and peace studies).

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 them for positions in research, teaching, and peacebuilding.  

Contact: Ann Mische, (574) 631-7760,