Ph.D. Placements

Because they are dual degree in a traditional discipline and peace studies, our graduates are equipped for academic jobs in a wide range of areas. Our goal is that graduates will be first-rate candidates in their home discipline, and also bring an additional special set of transdisciplinary research and teaching themes in peace, justice and human rights that are much in demand.  

Our program also emphasizes that 21st century scholarship and teaching may be done by scholar-practitioners. Thus, graduates of our program are comfortable working for international agencies, pursuing research fellowships, and moving in and out of the Academy as their career unfolds.

History & Peace Studies

Ryne Clos
Ph.D. Date: January 2016
Dissertation title: "A Long Road to Canaan: Capuchin Missionaries and the Delegates of the Word in Nicaragua’s Long Sixties"
Position: Postdoc at Notre Dame's Center for the Study of Language and Culture via the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program

Ashley Greene
Ph.D. date: May 2016
Dissertation title: “Narratives of Power: History Education and Statecraft in Uganda”
Position: Assistant Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies, ​Cohen Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Keene State College, Keene, New Hampshire

Political Science & Peace Studies

Karie Cross
Ph.D. Date: May 2017
Dissertation Title: "Defining Critical Feminist Justpeace: Women's Peacebuilding Praxis and Feminist Political Thought"
Position: Assistant Professor of Political Science at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI

Alex Dukalskis
Ph.D. Date: August 2013
Dissertation title: “Ideology and Political Discourse: Mechanisms of Domination in North Korea and Burma/Myanmar”
Positions: since 2014, Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in International Politics and Human Rights, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
(2013-2014) Lecturer in Peace, War, and Defense, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Ji Eun Kim
Ph.D. Date: June 2017
Dissertation title: “Good and Bad Apologies: Determinants of Successful State Apologies”
Position: (starting fall 2017) Assistant Professor of Political Studies at Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Virginia

Kathrin Kranz
Ph.D. date: August 2016
Dissertation Title: “Armed with Good Intentions? Explaining Arms Embargo Compliance”
Position: (starting Fall 2017) Assistant Professor of Global Politics at Bridgewater College, Virginia
(2016-2017) Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Politics, Oberlin College, Ohio

Lenore VanderZee
Ph.D. Date: April 2017
Dissertation title: "Concluding Conquest: Why States End Military Occupation"
Position: Executive Director for University Relations at the State University of New York (SUNY) Canton

Psychology & Peace Studies

Laura Taylor
Ph.D. date: May 2013
Dissertation title: “Does Violence Beget Violence? Moderating Trajectories of Adolescent Aggression in a Context of Political Conflict”
Positions: since 2015, Lecturer (Assistant Professor), School of Psychology, Queen’s University, Belfast
(2013 – 2014) Assistant Professor, Department of Peace and Conflict Studies, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Sociology & Peace Studies

Hyunjin Deborah Kwak
Ph.D. date:  Summer 2017
Dissertation title: "Building and Burning Bridges: Contention and Solidarity among Peace Activists in Mindanao"
Position:  (Starting August 2017) Assistant Professor of Sociology, Malone University, Canton, Ohio

Ana Velitchkova
Ph.D. date: August 2014
Disseration title: "​Esperanto, Civility, and the Politics of Fellowship: A Cosmopolitan Movement from the Eastern European Periphery”
Positions: (Starting Fall 2016) Croft Assistant Professor of Sociology and International Studies, University of Mississippi
(2014 – 2016) Postdoctoral Fellow, Centre for Social Conflict and Cohesion Studies, supported by the University of Chile and the Catholic University of Chile

Theology & Peace Studies

Chris Haw
Ph.D. date: Fall 2018
Dissertation title: "René Girard and Monotheism: the Refusal to Divinize Victims and the Mosaic Distinction"
Position: (starting Fall 2018) Assistant Professor of Theology at the University of Scranton in Scranton, Pennsylvania

Janna Hunter-Bowman
Ph.D. date: April 2017
Dissertation title: "Agency Under Duress: A Political Theological Approach to Peacebuilding"
Position: Assistant Professor of Peace Studies and Christian Social Ethics, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Kyle Lambelet
Ph.D. date: April 2017
Dissertation title: "¡Presente! Political Theology at the Gates of Ft. Benning"
Position: ND Postdoctoral Fellowship


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