Kroc Ph.D. Fellowship recipients announced


Seven peace studies Ph.D. students have been awarded named fellowships funded by Kroc Institute Advisory Board members.


Josephine Lechartre is the 2018-19 Darby Fellow.


The Darby Fellowship draws from a fund established by the Kroc Institute’s Advisory Council in 2010 to support fellowships for doctoral students in peace studies. The fund was named in memory of John Darby, professor of comparative ethnic studies at the University of Notre Dame from 1999 until his death in June 2012. The award is given annually to students who exemplify his commitment to rigorous, normatively informed scholarship on peacebuilding and conflict resolution.


Lechartre, political science and peace studies, will focus her research on the relationship between transitional justice institutions and the process of state-building in weak state areas.


Sehrazat Mart and Mahmoud Youness have been named the 2018-19 Mullen Family Fellows.


The Mullen Family Fellowships were created in 2008 thanks to the generosity of the family of Jack Mullen ‘53, chair of the Kroc Institute’s Advisory Council from 2003-2016, and current member of the Kroc Institute’s Advisory Board. Mullen, former corporate vice-president of Johnson & Johnson, and his family are long-time supporters of the Kroc Institute and Notre Dame. 


Mart, sociology and peace studies, plans to study urban sociology, political sociology, social movements and social theory. Her primary research interest lies in the socio-political forces and conditions that facilitate or obstruct participatory and deliberative urban governance and the role of urban movements in shaping the city.


Youness, political science and peace studies, researches issues of moral psychology and epistemology and their ramifications in political decision-making. In pursuing these questions, he aims to appeal to modern psychology, ethology, and neurobiology.


Garrett Fitzgerald, Michelle Sawwan, and Michael Yankoski have been named this year’s Steven D. Pepe Ph.D. Fellows in Peace Studies.


The Pepe Fellowships are the result of a generous gift from Steven D. Pepe ’65, a retired U.S. Magistrate Judge (Michigan) and member of the Kroc Institute’s Advisory Board. Pepe’s gift provides ongoing support for doctoral students in peace studies who have distinguished themselves in research, teaching, or service.


FitzGerald, political science and peace studies, researches the intersections between democratic theory, decolonial theory, and the theories and practices of peacebuilding.


Sawwan, sociology and peace studies, is studying the impact of civil conflict on social and institutional relationships, specifically looking at health access as one dimension of governance in liberal economies and pluralistic societies.


Yankoski, theology and peace studies, is currently researching the intersections of anthropogenic climate change, virtue theory, strategic peacebuilding, and human population displacement.


FitzGerald is also the John and Judy Scully Fellow in Peace Studies. 


The John and Judy Scully Fellowship is a result of a generous donation by the Scullys, longtime supporters and members of the Kroc Institute’s Advisory Board.


The Kroc Institute’s Ph.D. Program in peace studies is a partnership with six departments in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters. The program is distinctive for its broad interdisciplinary approach and focus on research that helps build a just and sustainable peace.


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Originally published by at on November 01, 2018.