Executive Director, Faculty, and Staff

  • Mahan Mirza

    Executive Director

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  • Alexander Hsu

    Adjunct Assistant Teaching Professor

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  • Charles Powell

    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

    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

    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

    Master of Global Affairs ’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.

  • Muhammad Shahzad Hussain

    Master of Global Affairs ’23

    Muhammad Shahzad Hussain, a madrasa graduate, has research expertise in blasphemy law and sectarian violence in Pakistan. He and his collaborators’ work was published by Engage, a nonprofit organization, and is titled The Untold Truth of Pakistan’s Blasphemy Law

    For his MPhil degree research, Muhammad focused on an eleventh-century Muslim scholar’s views on takfīr (excommunication) and its modern application by ISIS and other extremist groups. Muhammad is a graduate of the Notre Dame-based Madrasa Discourses project. Before coming to the Keough School, he worked as a secondary school teacher for Idraak, an online institute he co-founded with the goal to reduce sectarianism through education. As a master of global affairs student, Muhammad 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.