Peter J. Quaranto

Adjunct Associate Teaching Professor

1010 Jenkins Nanovic Halls
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556

(574) 631-3426
pquarant@nd.edu

Peter J. Quaranto

Adjunct Associate Teaching Professor


Areas of expertise: Armed conflict; counterterrorism; diplomacy; peacebuilding; sub-Saharan Africa; US foreign policy


Peter J. Quaranto, a 2006 Notre Dame graduate, is an adjunct associate teaching professor in the Keough School of Global Affairs. He serves as an instructor, with George A. Lopez, for Policy Approaches to Violent Conflict, a new course that provides students with practical skills for understanding and promoting international policies for peace.

Quaranto has extensive experience shaping and implementing US foreign policy toward fragile and conflict-affected states as an activist, non-governmental advocate, congressional staffer, and government official. He currently works in the State Department’s Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations, where he leads a team supporting US diplomacy to anticipate, prevent, and respond to violent conflict across sub-Saharan Africa.

Quaranto previously worked in the State Department’s Office of US Foreign Assistance Resources, where he oversaw efforts to enhance how the United States uses foreign aid to stabilize conflict-affected areas and prevent violent conflict in fragile states. Quaranto has also held positions in the State Department’s Bureaus of African Affairs and Counterterrorism as well as the US Special Envoy for Sudan.

From 2008 to 2010, Quaranto worked as a foreign policy staffer for the US Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on African Affairs and its then-Chairman Senator Russ Feingold. He oversaw the senator’s work on the Lord’s Resistance Army Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act and the Congo Conflict Minerals Act, both of which were signed into law in 2010. Prior to that, Quaranto—alongside fellow Notre Dame alumni Michael Poffenberger and Alison Jones—co-founded Resolve (previously the Uganda Conflict Action Network), an advocacy organization committed to raising public awareness and support for policies to end violence by armed groups in central Africa.

Quaranto graduated summa cum laude from Notre Dame with a BA degree in political science and international peace studies. As an undergraduate, he was awarded the university’s John W. Gardner Student Leadership Award and the Kroc Institute’s Yarrow Award in Peace Studies (shared with his spouse Jess (Collado) Quaranto). As a Marshall Scholar, he earned an MA from the University of Bradford and an MSc from the University of Oxford.