I currently serve as Associate Professor of Theology and Peace, with a joint appointment in the Theology Department and the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. In my scholarship, I explore, display and engage three broad questions:
1. Why and how religious commitments and faith communities matter in the pursuit of peace in the world. My teaching and writing is located at the intersection of theology and peace studies. My research is sponsored through, and contributes to the Contending Modernities project.
2. Why and how Africa matters for the ways in which students are formed, particularly at a Catholic university like Notre Dame. This objective is realized through teaching, programmatic initiatives that connect students to Africa, and through university wide conversations about Africa and the mission of Notre Dame.
3. Why and how peace-theological scholarship matters. Through research, teaching and the mentorship of PhD students, I help in the formation of the next generation of theological peace scholars and professors.