Previous Visiting Research Fellows
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.
While at the Kroc Institute, she worked on two research projects investigating state Islamism in Syria, and the relationship between authoritarianism, religion, sectarianism, and nationalism.
Tahir Aziz (M.A. ’03) (fall 2021) was 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 worked 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.
Luis Peña Reyes (Spring 2022) is a lecturer and researcher on the spatiality of peace and reconciliation at the Jena Center for Reconciliation Studies at the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, Germany. While at the Kroc Institute, Luis will explore the uneven socio-spatial process of building sustainable peace. He will conduct an intersectional spacial analysis of the patterns and trends of implementing the Final Agreement to End the Armed Conflict and Build a Stable and Lasting Peace signed by the Colombian government and the FARC-EP.
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, was published by Routledge in October 2021.
Lydia Schoeppner (Spring 2022) is a teaching assistant professor in conflict resolution studies at Menno Simons College, a college of Canadian Mennonite University at the University of Winnipeg. During her time as a Visiting Research Fellow at the Kroc Institute, she will edit and expand her research to further explore the effects of contemporary conflicts in the Arctic on Inuit as well as Inuit local and institutional responses. She especially focuses on the history and work of the Inuit Circumpolar Council and the implications of culturally-relevant metaphors for learning about Inuit peacemaking past and present.
Benjamin J. Spatz (Spring 2022) is a scholar-practitioner focused on conflict and conflict management and serves as a research fellow at the World Peace Foundation at Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. As a Visiting Fellow, Spatz will continue his research on elite bargaining in fragile states and the implications that various intra-elite bargaining tactics and strategies have for war, peace, and institutional development.
Alexandra Tañada Medina is the Program Manager of Catholic Relief Services’ Peacebuilding and Governance Program. While at the Kroc Institute, Medina engaged with the Peace Accords Matrix to support the development of a civil society-led peace accord monitoring system for Mindanao.
Daniel Castillo is associate professor of theology at Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore. While at the Kroc Institute, Castillo worked on his manuscript, "I Have Seen: God-Talk and Christian Praxis in the 'Anthropocene'."
Alisher Khamidov (M.A. '02) is a researcher and consultant on peacebuilding and governance advising a number of international public organizations, including the World Bank and the United Nations. While at the Kroc Institute, Khamidov worked on a manuscript entitled, "The Promise of Peaceful Towns: Examining Geographic Variation in Interethnic Conflict in Kyrgyzstan."
Lisa McLean received her Ph.D. (2020) from the Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University. While at the Kroc Institute, McLean worked on transforming her dissertation into a scholarly monograph that explores the use of the “caravan” as a method of intersectional strategic peacebuilding.
Andrew Owsiak is currently Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor and Associate Professor of International Affairs at the University of Georgia. While at the Kroc Institute, Owsiak worked on a co-authored book manuscript, "Diplomacy and War: Lessons for World Politics."
Justin de Leon was previously a Lecturer at the University of California, San Diego. While at the Kroc Institute, de Leon was writing a book manuscript entitled Resurgent Visual Sovereignty: Indigenous Representation and Praxis, that explored Indigenous traditional and creative approaches to sovereignty.
Josefina Echavarría Alvarez was Director of the Research Center for Peace and Conflict (InnPeace) and Senior Lecturer at the Unit for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Innsbruck (Austria). While at Kroc, she wrote on the Colombian Peace Agreement (Palgrave Encyclopedia of Peace and Conflict Studies, eds. Oliver Richmond and Gëzim Visoka) and transitioned into her role as Director of the PAM (Peace Accords Matrix) at the Kroc Institute/ Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame.
Nicole Gerring earned a Master of Arts and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Wayne State University. At the Kroc Institute, conducted research for a book, Women’s Civil Society in Peacebuilding, analyzing the work and impact of women’s civil society organizations in implementing peace agreements.
Scott Moeschberger is Professor of Psychology at Taylor University. While at the Kroc Institute, his work focused on preventing violence against children.
Catriona Standfield earned her Ph.D. in Political Science from Syracuse University in August, 2019. While at the Kroc Institute, Standfield worked on a book project examining the implementation of gender equality reforms in United Nations-brokered peace processes.
Tobias Winright is the Hubert Mäder Endowed Chair of Health Care Ethics and Associate Professor in both the Department of Theological Studies and the Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics at Saint Louis University. While at the Kroc Institute, Winright worked on a book project that integrated recent Catholic thought and teaching on integral development, integral ecology, and integral nuclear disarmament through the lens of integral peacebuilding.
Bahar Baser is Associate Professor at the Centre for Trust, Peace, and Social Relations at Coventry University in the United Kingdom and Associate Research Fellow at the Security Institute for Governance and Leadership in Africa at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. While at the Kroc Institute, Baser worked on a book about the participation of diasporas in peacebuilding and development using the Kurdish diaspora as a key case study.
Shivaji Mukherjee is Assistant Professor in Political Science at the University of Toronto. While at the Kroc Institute, he collaborated with the Peace Accords Matrix Project to analyze why the Maoist insurgency in Nepal ended through peace negotiations while the Maoist insurgency in India persists.
Kate Paarlberg-Kvam holds a doctorate in Latin American Studies from the University at Albany (SUNY), and teaches courses in Latin American history, gender studies, and international affairs at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. While at the Kroc Institute she worked on a book project based on her 2016 dissertation about the contributions of feminist activism to the construction of peace in Colombia.
Marcos S. Scauso holds a Ph.D. in Political Science, with a primary focus on International Relations and secondary interests in Political Theory, from the University of California, Irvine. He researched the intersection of International Relations and identity politics, with a focus on indigenous voices in post-colonial Latin America.
Elena B. Stavrevska holds a Ph.D. in Political Science with an International Relations concentration from Central European University. While at the Kroc Institute, she worked on a book manuscript, partially based on her doctoral dissertation, that examines intersectional justice in the aftermath of peace agreements in general and the political economy of gender in post-conflict societies in particular.
Paula Ditzel Facci holds a Ph.D. in Peace, Conflict and Development from the Universitat Jaume I, Spain, and an M.A. from the UNESCO Chair for Peace Studies, University of Innsbruck, Austria. While at the Kroc Institute, Paula continued her research on dance as a method to elicit conflict transformation and unfold the characteristics of peace, with a special focus on embodiment and transformation in dialogue with gender and feminist theories.
Nisa Göksel recently earned a Ph.D. in sociology from Northwestern University, Evanston. While at the Kroc Institute, she worked on two projects. The first was a book project based on her dissertation about the political mobilization of Kurdish women around peace, democracy, and women’s freedom. In the second project, she examined the participation of women in armed struggles in the Middle East.
Maria Koinova is a Reader in International Relations at the Politics and International Studies Department, University of Warwick, UK. She recently completed a large-scale European Research Council Starting Grant Project ‘Diasporas and Contested Sovereignty’. She has authored numerous articles on diasporas and contested sovereignty, and of Ethnonationalist Conflict in Postcommunist States.
Benjamin N. Lawrance is a professor of history at the University of Arizona. While at the Kroc Institute, he worked on a book entitled, Nations Inside Out: An African Refugee Grammar.
Laurie Nathan is a professor and outgoing director of the Centre for Mediation in Africa at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. While at the Kroc Institute he assisted with the development of a mediation program and worked with the Peace Accords Matrix (PAM) on the topic of 'the post-conflict constitution as a peace agreement'.
2016 - 2017
Robert W. Hefner is director of the Institute on Culture, Religion, and World Affairs (CURA) and Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Boston University. While at the Kroc Institute, his research centered on two broad issues: Islamic ethics, law, and subjectivity in a pluralist age; and the challenge of religious diversity and pluralist coexistence in the global south and late-modern West.
Scott Hibbard is an associate professor in the department of political science at DePaul University, where he teaches courses on American foreign policy, international relations, Middle East politics, and religion and politics. While at the Kroc Institute, he worked on a book that examines American foreign policy towards Islamist militancy over the course of several decades.
Peter Kankonde Bukasa coordinates the Religion and Migration Research Initiative at the African Centre for Migration and Society, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. While at the Kroc Institute, he conducted research and worked towards finalising a book entitled: “Authoritarian Democratisation, Youth Insurgent Waithood, and the Dynamics of Violent Transnational Mobilisation in African Diaspora Communities: the Case of the Congolese Combattant Movement.”
Rosemary Kellison is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religion at the University of West Georgia in Carrollton, Georgia. As a Kroc Institute visiting fellow, she worked on her book on feminist moral philosophy and the just war tradition.
Laurie Nathan is a professor and director of the Center for Mediation in Africa at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. While at the Kroc Institute, he worked with the Peace Accords Matrix (PAM) on the topic of 'the post-conflict constitution as a peace agreement'.
Tanya B. Schwarz holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Irvine. While at the Kroc Institute she worked on a book based on her dissertation, Instruments of the Divine? Faith-Based Organizations in International Politics. She also worked on a project that examines the ways that NGOs, governments, and intergovernmental agencies frame so-called "Islamic extremist" groups and their relationship to "authentic" Islam, and how such framings shape possibilities for strategic peacebuilding and the securitization of religion.
2015 - 2016
Selina Gallo-Cruz is assistant professor of sociology at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. While at the Kroc Institute, Gallo-Cruz researched women’s roles in nonviolent social movements and post-conflict peacebuilding, focusing on women in Argentina, Serbia and Liberia.
Slavica Jakelić, assistant professor of humanities and social thought at Christ College, the honors college of Valparaiso University, worked on her forthcoming book, The Practice of Religious and Secular Humanisms.
Barbara Koremenos, associate professor of political science at the University of Michigan, study the relationship between Islamic States and international law, examining how this relationship affects Islamic States’ participation in international agreements.
Cecelia Lynch, professor of political science and international studies at the University of California, Irvine, worked on a manuscript that focuses on the ethics of Islamic and Christian nongovernmental organizations engaged in humanitarian work in Africa, the Middle East, and organizational centers of power.
Emily Rosser, who holds a Ph.D. in gender, feminist and women’s studies from York University in Toronto, studied grassroots approaches to gender and genocide in Guatemala, focusing on how these approaches affect transitional justice measures.
2014 - 2015
Malin Åkebo, who holds a Ph.D. in political science from Umeå University in Sweden, studied war-to-peace transitions, analyzing ceasefire agreements and how they relate to peace processes and comprehensive peace accords.
Gideon Aran, professor of sociology and anthropology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, analyzed an extensive field study of terrorism in Israel/Palestine.
Robert J. Carroll, assistant professor of political science at Florida State University, developed his doctoral dissertation, "War and Peace in the Marketplace," into a book manuscript.
Jaroslav Tir, professor of political science at the University of Colorado Boulder, researched civil war prevention, focusing on the role of highly structured intergovernmental organizations in managing low-level domestic conflicts.
Reed M. Wood, assistant professor of political science at Arizona State University, researched how women’s roles in conflict affect their roles in peace processes and the post-conflict state.
2013 - 2014
Alexander Arifianto, who recently earned a Ph.D. in political science from Arizona State University, prepared his dissertation manuscript for publication and conducted research on inter-religious dialogue and conflict prevention activities conducted by Islamic social movements in Turkey.
Dinka Corkalo Biruski, a professor of social psychology at the University of Zagreb in Croatia, researched the factors that contribute either to social distancing or social rapprochement in post-conflict communities, using Vukovar, Croatia as a case study.
Shannon Golden, developed her dissertation research into a book manuscript and conducted research on the development and social effects of land disputes during post-war resettlement.
Megan Shannon, assistant professor of political science at Florida State University, will work on a book about how UN peacekeeping influences violence during civil wars, and a second book exploring conditions in countries that follow international law.
Sumanto Al Qurtuby, a cultural anthropologist, interfaith activist, and scholar of Islam, developed a book manuscript titled “Scapegoating Politics: Religion, Violence, and Conciliation in the Moluccas, Eastern Indonesia.”
2012 - 2013
Andrew Bacevich, a leading analyst of U.S. foreign policy and military policy and professor of international relations and history at Boston University, taught the seminar “Ideas and American Foreign Policy” to students in history, peace studies, and political science.
Kristen Harkness, who earned a Ph.D. in politics from Princeton University, wrote a series of articles exploring how military integration during ethnic insurgency or civil war can both advance and hinder peace processes.
Laura Heideman, who holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, taught a new graduate class, "Gender and Peace Studies" and worked on developing her dissertation research into a book manuscript and a series of articles.
Jennifer M. Keister, who earned a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, San Diego, worked on developing her dissertation into a book manuscript, studying the relationship between rebels, foreign sponsors, and civilian populations.
Sumanto Al Qurtuby, a cultural anthropologist, interfaith activist, and scholar of Islam who holds a Ph.D. from Boston University, worked on a book manuscript entitled "Scapegoating Politics: Religion, Violence, and Conciliation in the Moluccas, Eastern Indonesia."
2011 - 2012
Aysegul Aydin, an assistant professor in the department of political science at the University of Colorado-Boulder, researched a book manuscript focused on Kurdish insurgency in Turkey.
Zana Çitak, assistant professor of international relations at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey, studied Turkish Islam in Europe.
Emmanuel Katongole, associate professor of theology and world Christianity at Duke University, conducted research on reconciliation in Africa.
Roger Mac Ginty, a faculty member in the School of International Studies at St. Andrews University in Scotland, researched peacebuilding indicators.
Will Moore, a professor of political science at Florida State University, explored the impact of institutions on state torture practices.
Elton Skendaj, who holds a Ph.D. in comparative politics and internatonal relations from Cornell University, examined the role of international actors in building effective state bureaucracies and democratic institutions in post-war societies.
Fanie Du Toit, the executive director of the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation in Cape Town, South Africa, conducted research on political transition in Africa.
2010 - 2011
M. Christian Green, the Alonzo L. McDonald Family Senior Lecturer and senior research fellow at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University School of Law, focused on law and religion, feminism and the family, human rights, comparative religious ethics, and religion and international affairs.
Phillip Hammack, assistant professor of psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, explored identity development and intergroup relations in political conflict settings, especially among Israeli and Palestinian youth.
Ragnhild Nordås, a senior researcher at the Centre for the Study of Civil War at the Peace Research Institute in Oslo, studied political violence, repression, civil war, religious conflicts, the mobilization and organization of rebel groups, and the security implications of climate change.
Patrick Regan, a professor of political science at Binghamtom University, researched issues of violent conflict and its resolution, particularly in the context of civil war. His work covered a range of issues such as the militarization of societies, determinants of human rights violations, negotiations in international conflict resolution, the onset of civil war, and interventions in civil wars.
Kristine Eck, assistant professor in the Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University, Sweden, and an affiliated researcher with the Uppsala Conflict Data Program (UCDP), focused on violence against civilians, conflict dynamics, and rebel recruitment.
2009 - 2010
David Backer, an assistant professor of government at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, focused on transitional justice in West Africa, South Africa, and Latin America. Specifically, he assessed how victims of human rights violations responded to post-conflict measures.
Claudia Baumgart-Ochse, a research fellow at the Peace Research Institute in Frankfurt, Germany, focused on the Democratic Peace theory, religious actors’ ambivalent role in armed conflict, and the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
Thomas Burkman, a research professor of Asian Studies at the State University of New York at Buffalo, explored new methods for establishing social harmony among Korea, China, and Japan. His project addressed multicultural approaches to peace processes and examined the role of religion.
Devashree Gupta, an assistant professor of political science at Carleton College, received her Ph.D. in government from Cornell University. Her research focused on social movements and political extremism, and she was especially interested in the politics of Northern Ireland and South Africa.
George Wachira, a Ph.D. candidate in peace studies at the University of Bradford in the United Kingdom, examined emerging transitional justice practices in Africa, focusing on the use of truth and reconciliation commissions.
Scott Byrd, a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at the University of California, Irvine, examined the relationships between the multi-level organizational dynamics of transnational coalitions and networks and the conflict articulation strategies they employ.
Sharon Erickson Nepstad, professor of sociology and director of religious studies at the University of New Mexico, explored nonviolent citizen movements of the late 20th century, focusing on why some facilitated a transition to democracy while others failed.
Desirée Nilsson, an assistant professor in the department of peace and conflict research at Uppsala University in Uppsala, Sweden, researched how the presence of multiple actors in civil wars affects the prospects of reaching negotiated settlements and durable peace. Nilsson used unique data on peace agreements in the post-Cold War period and a study of the Liberian peace process.
Naveed S. Sheikh, a faculty member in international relations at Keele University in the United Kingdom, worked on a book-length project titled “After Islamism? The Post-Islamist Turn in Muslim Politics,” which examines the emerging trend of counter-radical “post-Islamism” across the Muslim world and its ramifications for Muslim discourse on conflict and conflict resolution.
Manish Thapa, a faculty member in the Department of Conflict, Peace and Development Studies at Tribhuvan University in Nepal and a doctoral research candidate in International Studies at the University of Tokyo, focused on his doctoral research project, From Bullet to Ballot: The Politics of Peacemaking in Nepal. His research also supported the Nepal-based work of John Paul Lederach, professor of international peacebuilding at Kroc.
Anuradha Chakravarty, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Government at Cornell University, worked on a comparative study to explore if the choice of truth commissions or trials in transition countries has a causal effect on different democratization trajectories.
Francesco Giumelli, a Ph.D. candidate in political science at the Italian Institute of Humanistic Sciences in Florence, Italy, researched the goals of the European Union's and the United Nations' sanctioning policies.
Reina C. Neufeldt, a scholar-practitioner working at the intersection of religious and ethnic identity in conflict, as well as peacebuilding and development, explored the relationship between religious and ethnic identity in inter-group conflict and peacebuilding.
Ernesto Verdeja, a postdoctoral scholar teaching political theory in the Department of Government at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, completed a book manuscript on political reconciliation and began a project on comparative genocide (Armenia, the Holocaust, Cambodia, and Rwanda).
Joseph Adeboye Bamidele, a Ph.D. candidate in economics at Royal Holloway, University of London, wrote a comparative analysis of the experiences of sub-Saharan African countries where resource conflicts have occurred.
John Heathershaw, a Ph.D. candidate in international relations at the London School of Economics, addressed Tajikistan’s peacebuilding process, examining the role of political Islam in peace and conflict dynamics in central Asia.
Linda Kirschke, a Ph.D. candidate in politics at Princeton University, wrote “Why Ruling Elites Play the ‘Ethnic Card’: State Violence and Multi-party Transitions.”
Polikarpus Meo Teku, a peacebuilding program officer with Catholic Relief Services in Kupang, Indonesia, explored the nexus of peacebuilding and agriculture for his project “Cultivating Peace through Sustainable Agriculture.”
Myla Leguro, peace and reconciliation program manager for Catholic Relief Services in Davao City, the Philippines, documented the peacebuilding experiences of Mindanao in peace education, interreligious dialogue, zones of peace/spaces for peace, and civil society advocacy.
Ana Garcia Rodicio, a researcher in the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and a doctoral candidate at the University Institute of International Relations “Ortega y Gasset” in Madrid, Spain, worked on “A Comprehensive Theory of Restorative Justice in Three Post-Genocide Societies: Cambodia, Rwanda, and Bosnia-Herzegovina.”
Michael McGinnis, professor of political science at Indiana University, worked on his project “Faith, Conflict, and Reconciliation: Religion’s Contributions to Political Violence and Its Resolution,” completed a book manuscript on conflict in the Horn of Africa, and conducted research on the interplay among religious and political organizations in peace and reconciliation.