Visiting Research Fellows

Daniel Bio

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, Castillo 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.

Lisa Bio

Lisa McLean (Fall 2020-Spring 2021) received her Ph.D. (2020) from the Carter School for Peace and Conflict 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.

While at the Kroc Institute, McLean will transform her dissertation into a scholarly monograph that explores the use of the “caravan” as a method of intersectional strategic peacebuilding. 


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.


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 PoliticsInternational 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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