People

Executive Director, Faculty, and Staff

  • Mahan Mirza

    Executive Director

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  • Sheila Christophorou

    Administrative Assistant

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  • Alexander Hsu

    Adjunct Assistant Teaching Professor

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  • Josh Stowe

    Senior Content Specialist

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Faculty Fellows

  • Robert Dowd

    Associate Professor of Political Science and Global Affairs

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  • Daniel Groody

    Associate Professor of Theology and Global Affairs

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  • Emmanuel Katongole

    Professor of Theology and Peace Studies

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  • Paul Kollman

    Associate Professor of Theology

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  • Timothy Matovina

    Professor of the History of Christianity

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  • Atalia Omer

    Associate Professor of Religion, Conflict, and Peace Studies

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  • Daniel Philpott

    Professor of International Relations and Political Theory

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  • Gerard Powers

    Director of Catholic Peacebuilding Studies, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies

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  • Mun’im Sirry

    Assistant Professor of World Religions and the World Church

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  • Christian Smith

    William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Sociology

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  • Jason Springs

    Associate Professor of Religion, Ethics, and Peace Studies

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  • Kathleen Sprows Cummings

    Director, Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism

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  • Thomas Tweed

    Harold and Martha Welch Professor of American Studies and Professor of History

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Affiliated Faculty

Advisory Board Members

Master of Global Affairs Fellowship Recipients

  • Elizabeth Boyle

    MGA ’22

    Elizabeth Boyle graduated cum laude from the University of Notre Dame in 2020, earning a bachelor’s degree in political science and international peace studies. As a student she studied and worked on interreligious peacebuilding, served as student body president, fought for the rights of sexual assault survivors with the nonprofit organization Know Your IX, and was the recipient of the Yarrow Award in Peace Studies.

    Elizabeth’s religious peacebuilding and civil rights work has led to internships at Religions for Peace, the US Commission on Civil Rights, USAID, and the US Department of State. She has traveled to Nepal, Qatar, and Oman, engaging in scriptural reasoning and interreligious dialogue through the Kroc Institute’s Madrasa Discourses research initiative and other Notre Dame opportunities. She is the recipient of an Ansari Institute Fellowship.

  • John Bosco Lugonja

    MGA ’21

    John Bosco Lugonja is a Catholic priest ordained by the Diocese of Kasana–Luweero. He is passionate about promoting sustainable peace and justice in society. He recently worked in the diocesan peace and justice department and as director of a graduate school. He also has served as a pastor and associate pastor and has ministered to a wide range of people including Rwandan and South Sudanese refugees, displaced peoples, and people in poverty.

    John Bosco holds an MA in theology from Makerere University and BA degrees in philosophy and theology from Pontifical Urban University in Rome. He is the recipient of an Ansari Institute Fellowship.

International Adviser

  • Atiq Rahman

    Atiq Rahman is the executive director of the Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies, a think tank in South Asia that focuses on sustainable development. The 2008 recipient of the United Nations Champion of the Earth Award, Rahman served as lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change when it was jointly awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with former U.S. Vice President Al Gore. Rahman’s current research focuses on global inequity and poverty, climate change, biodiversity, and relevant global institutions.