John M. Regan Jr. Director, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies

The University of Notre Dame is seeking applications for the John M. Regan Jr. Directorship of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. The Kroc Institute is a leading center for the study of strategies for sustainable peace and the causes of violent conflict. Kroc Institute faculty conduct research on peaceful reconciliation and the conditions for peace in relation to the threat or actuality of war, genocide, terrorism, ethnic and religious conflict, structural and cultural violence, and violations of human rights. Scholars focus on not only large-scale international conflicts but also local and regional armed conflicts of all sizes. Emphasis is given to the interaction between the theory and practice of peacebuilding.

The Kroc Institute offers an undergraduate program in Peace Studies, a Master’s concentration in peace studies as part of the Keough School’s Master in Global Affairs, and joint Ph.D. programs in Peace Studies with Anthropology, History, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Theology. The Kroc Institute also promotes conversation on Catholicism’s rich tradition of social thought and teaching on war and peace, ethics and the use of force, the relationship of international law to state conduct, and the connection between justice and peace.

The Kroc Institute was inspired by the vision of the Reverend Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C, and philanthropist Joan B. Kroc of a world free from the threat of nuclear holocaust. During his 35 years as president of Notre Dame, Father Hesburgh was a leading international voice for civil and human rights and the end to violent conflict throughout the world. Joan Kroc was deeply committed to world peace and her generous gift to the University supported the founding of the Institute and its ongoing operation. More information about the Kroc Institute is available at

The Kroc Institute is an integral part of the new Keough School of Global Affairs, which brings together several international Institutes and Centers. The Keough School was established to advance the concept of integral human development, focusing its research and teaching on the design and implementation of effective and ethically sound responses to poverty, war, disease, political oppression, and other threats to human wellbeing around the world. The Keough School will enroll its first cohort of students in Fall 2017. More information about the Keough School is available at

The Director of the Kroc Institute reports to the Dean of the Keough School and is expected to build accountable, creative, and energetic relationships with a spectrum of stakeholders. Principal among these are the Keough School and the Kroc Institute faculty, faculty fellows from a wide variety of academic departments, visiting research fellows from the US and abroad, graduate and undergraduate students, Institute staff members, an advisory board, and the policy community.

The Director should have a record of scholarly excellence that warrants appointment as a full professor in one or more of the areas related to the Institute’s agenda. The disciplinary specialization is open. Depending on the candidate’s profile and interests, this position may be tenured at the Keough School or as a joint appointment with another school or college at the University of Notre Dame.

Application materials should be submitted through the Interfolio/Notre Dame online application system:

Applications will be reviewed beginning on October 15, and they will be accepted until the position is filled. 

Nominations and inquiries may be sent via email to:
Prof. Asher Kaufman
Chair, Regan Directorship Search Committee
University of Notre Dame