Scholars in Residence

Scholars in Residence are peace studies scholars invited to conduct research at the Kroc Institute by a core member of the Kroc faculty. Scholars receive office space and have the chance to engage with the academic community at the Kroc Institute. Click here to learn more about our Visiting Research Fellows program, which provides additional financial support for select scholars each year.


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Josefina Echavarría Alvarez (Fall 2019) is Co-Director of the Research Centre for Peace and Conflict and Senior Lecturer at the University of Innsbruck and Senior Lecturer. Originally from Medellin, Colombia, she has worked on diverse international cooperation projects in the fields of gender, citizenship, and curricular development for peace and conflict studies. Her research interests include elicitive conflict transformation and analysis, reconciliation and memory, peace education and pedagogy, and in/security and migration.

While at Kroc, she will be working on her project, “Territorial peacebuilding in Colombia: An elicitive map of peace, reconciliation and conflict transformation,” and establishing research and academic collaboration between the University of Innsbruck and the Kroc Institute.


Janna L. Hunter-Bowman (Fall 2019) is Assistant Professor of Peace Studies and Christian Social Ethics and Director of Peace Studies at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, as well as a member of the Advisory Board of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. She holds a Ph.D. in Theology and Peace Studies from the University of Notre Dame (2017). Her research interests include political theology, peace theology, conflict transformation, religious violence and peacebuilding, post-colonial Latin America, and participant action research. While at the Kroc Institute, Hunter-Bowman will be writing a book about theological peacebuilding rooted in 16 years of fieldwork and engaged research in Colombia. 


Sawsan Malla Hussein (Fall 2019) is an Assistant Professor of English at Abdelmalek Essaadi University, Tetouan, Morocco. She holds a doctoral degree in English Literature from the University of Mohamed V, Rabat, Morocco, and a Master’s degree in English Studies from the University of Abdelmalek Essaadi. She is currently on a three-month long Fulbright post-doc at the Kroc Institute working on developing her doctoral dissertation into a book. Her dissertation is entitled, “Toward a Peace Studies Approach to Literature: An Alternative Perspective on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.”