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.

Anthropolgy & Peace Studies

Rieti Gengo
Position: Postdoctoral Teaching Scholar, Department of Anthropology (2019-2020), University of Notre Dame
Ph.D. Date: August 2019
Dissertation title: "Biosociality of the Invisible: Undocumented Asylum Seekers at Kakuma Refugee Camp"

Angela Lederach
 Adjunct Assistant Teaching Professor, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies
Ph.D. Date: August 2019
Dissertation title: "Feel the Grass Grow: The Practices and Politics of Slow Peace in Columbia"

History & Peace Studies

Francis Bonenfant-Juwong
Position: Lecturer in the Peace and Justice Studies Program at Pace University in New York
Ph.D. Date: Fall 2018
Dissertation title: "Ever-Widening Circles”: U.S. Private Voluntary Development in Palestine/Israel and Jordan, 1930-1967

Ryne Clos
Position: Postdoc at Notre Dame's Center for the Study of Language and Culture via the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program
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"

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

Laura Weis
 Project Coordinator, Jesuits USA Central and Southern Province, St. Louis
Ph.D. date: August 2018
Dissertation title:Interpreting Islam: U.S.-Indonesian Relations, 1953-1968

Political Science & Peace Studies

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

Alex Dukalskis
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
Ph.D. Date: August 2013
Dissertation title: “Ideology and Political Discourse: Mechanisms of Domination in North Korea and Burma/Myanmar”

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

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

Emily Maiden
Position: Assistant Professor of Political Science and Public Administration, University of North Florida
Ph.D. Date: May 2019
Dissertation title: "Beware the Magic Crocodile: The Role of Chiefs in Cultural and Political Reform in Malawi"

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

Psychology & Peace Studies

Laura Taylor
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
Ph.D. date: May 2013
Dissertation title: “Does Violence Beget Violence? Moderating Trajectories of Adolescent Aggression in a Context of Political Conflict”

Sociology & Peace Studies

Matthew Chandler
Starting November 2019, Research Data Management Specialist, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
Ph.D. date: 2018
Dissertation title: "Civil Resistance and the Processes of Contentious Politics in Egypt, 2010-2015"

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

Ana Velitchkova
Positions: Since 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
Ph.D. date: August 2014
Disseration title: "​Esperanto, Civility, and the Politics of Fellowship: A Cosmopolitan Movement from the Eastern European Periphery”

Theology & Peace Studies

Heather DuBois
Position: Starting Fall 2018, Gannon Post-Doctoral Fellow in Religion, Ethics, and Philosophy, Florida State University
Ph.D. date: Spring 2018
Dissertation title: “To Be More Fully Alive: John of the Cross and Judith Butler on Transformation of the Self”

Leo Guardado
Position: Starting Fall 2018, Assistant Professor of Theology at Fordham University in New York
Ph.D. date: Spring 2018
Dissertation title: "Church as Sanctuary: A preferential option for the displaced and persecuted poor"

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

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

Kyle Lambelet
Position: Louisville Postdoctoral Fellow, Candler School of Theology, Emory University
Ph.D. date: April 2017
Dissertation title: "¡Presente! Political Theology at the Gates of Ft. Benning"

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