Keough School announces faculty promotions and awards

Several Keough School faculty members have earned promotions, awards or special appointments. All were honored during a school gathering in May. 

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Scott Appleby has been appointed Keough-Hesburgh Professor of Global Affairs, effective July 1. The appointment is a University Named Chair, which is one of the highest honors at Notre Dame, signifying distinguished achievement in one’s field. Appleby will step down from his role as Marilyn Keough Dean of the Keough School on June 30 and take a yearlong sabbatical. When he returns, he will continue his research in global religion, with a focus on its relationship to peace, conflict and integral human development. He will be affiliated with the Keough School’s Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion. 

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Joshua Eisenman has been promoted to full professor. Eisenman’s research focuses on the political economy of China’s development and foreign relations with the United States and the Global South—particularly Africa. Since his arrival at Notre Dame, Eisenman has published more than a dozen peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and a large number of policy-relevant articles, which have been published in such outlets as Foreign Policy and in The National Interest. His latest book, “China’s Relations with Africa: A New Era of Strategic Engagement”, co-authored with Ambassador David H. Shinn, examines the full scope of contemporary political and security relations between China and Africa. Eisenman also is a fellow of the Keough School’s Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies, Kellogg Institute for International Studies and Pulte Institute for Global Development.  

Yong Suk Lee has been promoted to associate professor with tenure. Lee’s research focuses on new technologies such as artificial intelligence and robotics in relation to labor economics, entrepreneurship and urban economics. His current projects explore how artificial intelligence and robotics affect labor, as well as the governance and ethical issues related to these new technologies. Lee also serve as a faculty affiliate of the Keough School’s McKenna Center for Human Development and Global Business and a faculty fellow of the Keough School’s Kellogg Institute for International Studies, Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies and Pulte Institute for Global Development.

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Daniel C. Miller has been named Keough School Mission Associate Professor of Global Affairs, effective fall 2024, in recognition of his outstanding scholarship, teaching and service. Miller is an associate professor of environmental policy and director of the sustainable development concentration. His research and teaching focus on international environmental politics and policy. He is especially interested in understanding the socioeconomic and ecological impacts of conservation funding in tropical countries and the political factors shaping those impacts. Miller has carried out fieldwork in more than 10 countries, particularly in Africa. His research has been published in Nature, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Global Environmental Change and World Development, and other journals. He is the coordinator of the Forests and Livelihoods: Assessment, Research and Engagement (FLARE) network.

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Laura Miller-Graff has been promoted to full professor. She is a core faculty member of the Keough School’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and her research seeks to understand how various systems (i.e. individual, family and community) interact to promote or inhibit healthful development following exposure to violence. With a focus on children who have multiple traumatic exposures, Miller-Graff investigates resulting patterns of resilience and psychopathology, including the development of post-traumatic stress symptoms. She also seeks to identify effective intervention practices for children and families affected by violence.

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Patrizio Piraino has been promoted to full professor. Piraino, who serves as director of the Ford Program in Human Development Studies and Solidarity at the Keough School’s Kellogg Institute for International Studies, is an applied microeconomist with a focus on education, labor and development. He has extensive expertise on issues related to global socioeconomic mobility, having worked on data from multiple countries. Piraino has spent many years of his career in South Africa, where he produced numerous articles on education and labor markets. He has published regularly in leading economics journals, as well as in several outlets across other disciplines. He is currently working on projects ranging from the impact of innovative post-primary education programs using field experiments to cross-national comparative analyses of socioeconomic mobility.  

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Maura Policelli has been promoted to full professor of the practice. As executive director of the Keough School Washington Office, she has forged crucial partnerships with government agencies and nongovernmental organizations. Policelli has made the Washington office a critical hub for both networking and convening policy conversations, connecting faculty and students with relevant policymakers and organizations. Her work has helped establish the Keough School as a valued voice in broader policy discussions, ensuring that faculty research and expertise informs policymaking. Recently, Policelli led a partnership between the Keough School and the United States Department of State that will enable students to conduct cutting-edge global conflict prevention research. 

Keough School Award

Anibal Perez-Linan

Aníbal Pérez-Liñán is the recipient of the 2024 Keough School Dean’s Faculty Recognition Award. Pérez-Liñán is a professor of political science and global affairs and director of the school’s Kellogg Institute for International Studies. He studies processes of democratization, political instability and the rule of law in new democracies. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the United States Agency for International Development, the Inter-American Development Bank, Uruguay’s National Agency for Research and Innovation (ANII), and Paraguay’s National Council for Science and Technology (Conacyt), among other institutions. 

Pérez-Liñán serves editor-in-chief of the Latin American Research Review, the scholarly journal of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA), and co-editor, with Paolo Carozza, of the Kellogg Series on Democracy and Development published by the University of Notre Dame Press. Pérez-Liñán also serves as a leader of Notre Dame’s emerging democracy initiative. 

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