Anna Fett

Peace Studies & History

Anna Fett (peace studies and history) holds an M.T.S. degree from Harvard Divinity School and a B.A. degree from Luther College. As an undergraduate, she majored in religion, English, and classics and studied in Turkey and Jordan. In her master's program, she focused on the topic of Islam in America from the perspective of religious studies, as well as women and gender studies.

She has served as an interfaith intern for a community of Muslim, Jewish, and Christian congregations. She also worked as a counselor for Kids4Peace Boston, an organization that educates and inspires teenage Muslims, Jews, and Christians from Jerusalem and Boston. Her primary research language is Arabic. In 2017, she was awarded the University of Notre Dame "Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award" in her department.

Anna's research focuses on American involvement in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by governmental and non-governmental actors, particularly in peacebuilding work. Her dissertation analyzes the history of "people-to-people" programming in the United States and in this conflict since the Second World War. This interdisciplinary project brings together approaches from peace studies and religious studies along with the history of U.S. foreign relations, religion, and culture. 

Anna is a Notre Dame Presidential Fellow.