Peace Studies Ph.D. Student Placements

With a joint degree uniting a traditional discipline with peace studies, our graduates are equipped for academic jobs in a wide range of areas. They are first-rate scholars in their disciplines and bring additional experience in transdisciplinary research and teaching in peace, justice, and human rights to their scholarship. Graduates of our program excel in their work for international agencies, pursuit of research fellowships, and tenure-track and administrative roles in the Academy.

Alumni – if you would like to update your placement information, please fill out our alumni update form or contact Anne Hayner

Peace Studies & Anthropology

Rieti Gengo ('19)
Position: Postdoctoral Teaching Scholar (2019-2020), Department of Anthropology, University of Notre Dame

Kristina Hook ('20)
Position: Assistant Professor of Conflict Management, School of Conflict Management, Peacebuilding and Development at Kennesaw (Georgia) State University

Angela Lederach ('19)
Initial Placement:
 Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology, Department of Cultural and Social Studies, Creighton University
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Peace Studies, Chapman University

Drew (Richard) Marcantonio ('21)
Position: Teaching Assistant Professor in the Department of Management and Organization, Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame

Maryam Rokhideh ('21)
Initial Placement: Research Fellow, University of Vienna, Austria
Current Position: Senior Research and Country Engagement Specialist, The 50x2030 Initiative, United Nations - International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

Peace Studies & History

Francis Bonenfant-Juwong ('18)
Initial Placement: Lecturer in Peace and Justice Studies, Pace University, New York City
Current Position: Learning and Development Professional, Charles River Laboratories, Kalamazoo, MI

Ryne Clos ('16)
Position: History Instructor, Based in Liscannor, County Clare, Ireland

Anna Fett ('21)
Position: Visiting Assistant Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies, Colgate University, Hamilton, New York

Ashley Greene ('16)
Position: Assistant Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies, ​Cohen Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Keene State College, New Hampshire

Laura Weis ('18)
 Project Coordinator, Slavery History,Memory, and Reconciliation, Jesuits USA Central and Southern Province

Peace Studies & Political Science

Angela Chesler ('23) 
Position: Assistant Professor of Political Science, Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma

Karie Cross Riddle ('17)
Position: Assistant Professor of Political Science, Pepperdine University in Malibu, California

Alex Dukalskis ('13)
Position: Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in International Politics and Human Rights, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland

Garrett FitzGerald ('20)
Position: Assistant Professor in the Peace and Justice Studies Program, Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, Pace University, New York City

Ji Eun Kim ('17)
Position: Assistant Professor of Political Studies, Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Virginia

Kathrin Kranz ('16)
Initial Placement: Assistant Professor of Global Politics, Department of History and Political Science, Bridgewater College, Virginia
Current Position: Director, Experiential Learning and Outreach, University of Chicago

Shinkyu "James" Lee ('17)
Position: Visiting Assistant Professor of Politics, Oberlin College

Emily Maiden ('19)
Position: Assistant Professor of Political Science and Public Administration, University of North Florida

Lenore VanderZee ('17)
Initial Placement: Executive Director for University Relations, State University of New York (SUNY) Canton
Current Position: Vice President for Strategic Relations & Communications, State University of New York (SUNY) Canton

Peace Studies & Psychology

Mary Tarsha ('23) 
Position: Analyst and Consultant, Office of Strategic Planning and Institutional Research (OSPIR), University of Notre Dame

Laura Taylor ('13)
Position: Lecturer (Assistant Professor), School of Psychology, Queen’s University, Belfast, Ireland

Dana Townsend ('19)
Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Specialist, SAMS (Syrian American Medical Society) Foundation

Peace Studies & Sociology

Ruth Carmi ('23) 
Position: Assistant Professor of Sociology, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina

Matthew Chandler ('18)
Initial Placement:
 Postdoctoral Research Associate, Interdisciplinary Center for Network Science and Applications, University of Notre Dame
Current Position: Research Data Services Manager, Princeton University

Hyunjin Deborah Kwak ('17)
Position: Assistant Professor of Culture, Theory, Social Movements, Criminal Justice, Group Identity, Peace & Conflict, and Emotion, Mason Korea, George Mason University

Ana Velitchkova ('14)
Position: Croft Associate Professor of Sociology and International Studies, University of Mississippi

Peace Studies & Theology

Colleen Cross ('20)
Initial Placement: Postdoctoral Fellow, Foundation Relations, University of Notre Dame
Current Position: Director of Foundation Relations, University of Notre Dame

Heather DuBois ('18)
Initial Placement: Gannon Postdoctoral Fellow in Religion, Ethics, and Philosophy, Florida State University
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Peace Studies, Trauma, and Spirituality, Boston College School of Theology and Ministry

Leo Guardado ('18)
Position: Assistant Professor of Theology, Fordham University, New York

Chris Haw ('18)
Position: Assistant Professor of Theology, University of Scranton, Pennsylvania

Janna Hunter-Bowman ('17)
Position: Assistant Professor of Peace Studies and Christian Social Ethics, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Indiana

Kyle Lambelet ('17)
Position: Assistant Professor in the Practice of Theology and Ethics, Candler School of Theology, Emory University

Steven Savides ('22)
Position: Assistant Professor of Mass Communication, Principia College

Michael Yankoski ('20)
Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Notre Dame