Visiting Research Fellows

Rahaf Aldoughli

Rahaf Aldoughli (fall 2021) is a lecturer in Middle East politics at Lancaster University.

Her areas of research expertise include identifying the ideological borrowings between European and Arab nationalism, the rise of the nation-state in the Middle East, the Syria crisis, militarism, and the construction of masculinity in the Arab world.

She is working on two research projects investigating state Islamism in Syria, and the relationship between authoritarianism, religion, sectarianism, and nationalism.

Tahir Aziz

Tahir Aziz (M.A. ’03) (fall 2021) is the 2021 Alumni Visiting Research Fellow. He currently works as the South Asia Programme Director for Conciliation Resources in London, and has over 15 years of experience in the fields of mediation and conflict transformation. He currently leads the only international peacebuilding program that operates in both the Indian and Pakistani administered territories of Kashmir. 

Tahir holds a B.A. in Political Science and Islamic History from Azad Jammu and Kashmir University, a M.Sc. in Anthropology from the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy in Washington, D.C., and an M.A. in International Peace Studies from the Kroc Institute. 


César Estrada (fall 2021) received his Ph.D. in 2020 from the Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University. His research specializes in the study of violent conflict in the context of organized crime and human rights violations in Mexico. 

Before coming to Notre Dame, he served as a Director within the Unit of Policies and Strategies for Peacebuilding at the Secretary for Security and Citizen Protection in Mexico. Estrada is a lecturer at the Department of Sociopolitical and Legal Studies at the Western Institute of Higher Education (ITESO, Guadalajara’s Jesuit University), and has taught upper-level courses on criminal violence at George Mason University and at El Colegio de San Luis.

While at Notre Dame, Estrada will be working on turning his doctoral dissertation into a book-length monograph that examines how the so-called war on drugs in Mexico strongly relies on the construction of social groups deemed as disposable and killable subjects. The book will be titled Genocidal Violence amid Mexico’s War on Drugs: A Critical Lens on Police and Criminal Brutality

Norbert Adjusted

Norbert Koppensteiner (Spring 2021) is a peace researcher and freelance facilitator. Having previously served as a Senior Lecturer at the Unit for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Innsbruck, his facilitation especially focuses on breath, voice, and movement. He has extensive experience in teaching peace studies internationally.Koppensteiner is the author of Transrational Peace Research and Elicitive Facilitation (2020) and co-editor of the Palgrave International Handbook of Peace Studies: A Cultural Perspective (2014). He obtained his Ph.D. from the European Graduate School in Switzerland.

As visiting research fellow, Koppensteiner will be advancing two lines of research. He will explore the art of facilitation for peace and transforming conflicts, with a special focus on embodied approaches. This will be combined with methodological and epistemological research into comprehensive ways of knowing. He will seek to develop corresponding teaching formats to fit these topics.

Roa Clavijo

Felipe Roa-Clavijo (fall 2021) is a Researcher and Global Policy Lead for the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom, and a Specialist in Rural Reform at the Barometer Initiative in Colombia, part of the Kroc Institute’s Peace Accords Matrix Program. 

In 2019, his doctoral thesis won the prestigious Colombian National Prize in the Social Sciences and Humanities category from the Alejandro Angel Escobar Foundation. He has a Ph.D. in International Development from the University of Oxford, a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Seattle University, and a B.A. in Ecology from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana.

Felipe’s first book, The Politics of Food Provisioning in Colombia: Agrarian Movements and Negotiations with the State, is being published by Routledge in October 2021.


Lisa Schirch (2021-22 academic year) is the Richard G. Starmann Sr. Visiting Professorship Chair in Peace Studies. She is also a Senior Research Fellow for the Toda Peace Institute, directing the Social Media, Technology, and Peacebuilding program. 

A former Fulbright Fellow in East and West Africa, Schirch is the author of eleven books focused on locally-led peacebuilding, including Conflict Assessment and Peacebuilding Planning, Local Ownership in Security, The Ecology of Violent Extremism, Synergizing Nonviolent Action & Peacebuilding, and Social Media Impacts on Conflict and Democracy

Schirch’s role at the Kroc Institute will include teaching and writing a book on digital peacebuilding and peacetech, continuing her work on peace process design in Afghanistan and Israel/Palestine, and researching links between technology, media, climate peace processes, and violent extremism.

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