Two Ph.D. Students Named Mullen Family Fellows

Author: Renée LaReau

Two doctoral students in peace studies at the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute have been named Mullen Family Fellows.  

Matthew Chandler is pursuing a Ph.D. in peace studies and sociology. He holds a master’s degree in international peace and conflict resolution from American University, where he researched Hezbollah’s violent and nonviolent actions in Lebanon. Chandler’s other interests include social movements, social change, and religion in conflict and peacemaking. He has worked for Nonviolence International, Christian Peacemaker Teams, and the United States Institute of Peace.  

Janna Hunter-Bowman is earning a Ph.D. in peace studies and theology. She holds a master’s degree in peace studies from Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary. Hunter-Bowman has eight years of field experience working with Justapaz, a church-affiliated NGO in Bogotá, Colombia. Her research interests include human rights, natural law and the conflict transformation efforts of religious and other civilian agents affected by political armed conflict.  

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, his late wife, Diane, and their children and grandchildren are long-time supporters of the Kroc Institute and the University of Notre Dame.   

Previous Mullen Family Fellows include Notre Dame Ph.D. students Kathrin Kranz (political science and peace studies), Shinkyu Lee (political science and peace studies), Douglas Ansel (political science and peace studies), Jessica Anderson Brandwein (political science and peace studies), Laura Taylor (psychology and peace studies), and Alex Dukalskis (political science and peace studies).  

The Kroc Institute offers five distinct but related doctoral degrees: 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 five disciplines in the College of Arts & Letters and trained in interdisciplinary research. The degree prepares them for positions in research and teaching and for making contributions to peacebuilding practice.      

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