Students Connect Gender and Peace


Three Kroc master’s students are exploring connections between gender and peacebuilding by taking advantage of a new graduate-level minor in gender studies.

Kiran Bains (USA), Dareen Khattab (Palestine), and Christina Shaheen (USA) are Notre Dame’s first graduate students to earn the minor, which became available in the fall of 2008.

"Gender studies and peace studies are a perfect match,” said Eileen Hunt Botting, director of the Notre Dame’s Gender Studies Program and a Kroc faculty fellow.  "Both fields are interdisciplinary, and together they help students analyze and promote social justice for women, children, the poor, and other marginalized groups.”

Gender studies examines the significance of gender, sex, sexuality, race, ethnicity, class, religion, and nationality in all areas of human life.  For peacebuilders, it provides a lens through which to see the complex and often hidden connections of these issues to conflict and peace. 

Contact: Renée LaReau, (574) 631-5098