Visiting Research Fellows
Daniel Castillo (Fall 2020-Spring 2021) earned his Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Notre Dame, where he was a GLOBES Program Fellow (2009–2014). He is associate professor of theology at Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore. Castillo works at the nexus of liberation theology and environmental ethics, and is particularly interested in the ways in which the contemporary planetary emergency is rooted in both the legacies of Western extractive colonialism and the production of anti-black and anti-brown racism, as well as the interplay between neoliberal globalization and the current rise of fascism around the world. His first book, An Ecological Theology of Liberation: Salvation and Political Ecology (2019), explores the relationship between salvation, liberation, and care for creation.
While at the Kroc Institute, Dan will work on his manuscript, I Have Seen: God-Talk and Christian Praxis in the “Anthropocene,” which argues that the concept of “integral ecology,” popularized by Pope Francis, should be interpreted as a political ecology of reparations.
Alisher Khamidov (Fall 2020) specializes in inter-ethnic relations, religious activism, social movements, and inter-state relations in Central Asia. From 2012 to 2014, Khamidov was a British Academy and Royal Society-sponsored Newton International Fellow at Newcastle University in the United Kingdom. He previously worked as lecturer and researcher at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University, as part of the Kroc Institute’s Sanctions and Security Project, with the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute on Eurasian Civilizations at Harvard University, and at the Foreign Policy Studies Program of the Brookings Institution. Khamidov has a B.A. in teaching English and German from Osh State University, an M.A. in International Peace Studies from the the University of Notre Dame and the Kroc Institute, and a Ph.D. in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University. He is currently working as a researcher and consultant on peacebuilding and governance advising a number of international public organizations, including the World Bank and the United Nations. He is based in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
While at the Kroc Institute, Alisher will work on a manuscript entitled, The Promise of Peaceful Towns: Examining Geographic Variation in Interethnic Conflict in Kyrgyzstan, a detailed analysis of several conflict-witnessing and conflict-resilient cities in Kyrgyzstan seeking to understand why ethnic violence occurs in some places and not in other similar contexts where it might be expected. The work emphasizes the importance of structural differences and the role of local actors, and it will provide specific recommendations for policymakers and peacebuilding specialists in Central Asia
Lisa McLean (Fall 2020-Spring 2021) is a Ph.D. Candidate at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University. She was previously Dean’s Fellow for the Center for the Study of Gender and Conflict and her work has been published in peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes including the Routledge Handbook of Peace and Conflict Studies. McLean’s research focuses on gender and migration, exploring the grassroots mobilization of migrants and their families in response to displacement and border violence. Her most recent project was a multi-sited ethnography that analyzed the strategies and political demands of the Caravan of Central American Mothers of Disappeared Migrants.
At the Kroc Institute, McLean will transform her dissertation into a scholarly monograph that explores the use of the “caravan” as a strategy of intersectional strategic peacebuilding.
Andrew Owsiak (Fall 2020-Spring 2021) is currently Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor and Associate Professor of International Affairs at the University of Georgia, a position he obtained after completing his Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Illinois. Owsiak studies three broad themes in his research: why countries fight one another, the bilateral processes or characteristics that promote peaceful relations between disputing countries, and the role of third-parties in peacefully (or diplomatically) ending conflicts and/or building more peaceful relations between countries. Through these broad themes, his work touches on diverse topics, including territorial conflict, international border disputes, interstate rivalries (or protracted conflict), the interstate-civil conflict nexus, democratization, international law, and various conflict management methods (e.g., negotiations, mediation, or peacekeeping). In addition to co-authoring International Conflict Management (Polity, 2019), his research appears in The Journal of Politics, International Studies Quarterly, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, and the Journal of Peace Research, among other outlets. Grants from the Department of Defense (Minerva Project) and the United States Institute of Peace have also supported numerous of his ongoing research projects.
While at the Kroc Institute, Owsiak will be working on a co-authored book manuscript, Diplomacy and War: Lessons for World Politics. The project reviews a handful of international crises over the past 200 years to determine the factors that lead crises to either escalate to war or not.
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