Visiting faculty bring expertise in armed conflict, diplomacy, and politics of development

Above photo, left to right: Keough School visiting faculty Clark Gibson, Susan D. Page, and Daniel Fahey

Three distinguished experts with extensive research and diplomatic experience around the world have joined the Keough School as visiting faculty for the 2019-2020 academic year. 

Daniel Fahey is a visiting associate professor of the practice in the Keough School and the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. While at Notre Dame, Fahey is contributing expertise in policy studies and peace processes and collaborating with researchers on the Peace Accords Matrix. He also is working on a book manuscript about war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

A Notre Dame graduate, Fahey has worked extensively in sub-Saharan Africa on armed conflict, natural resources, and development. He is a former finance expert on the UN Security Council’s Group of Experts on the Democratic Republic of the Congo. His investigation of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebel group directly contributed to UN Security Council and US government sanctions against the ADF. In addition, he documented gold smuggling, elephant poaching, and grave human rights violations committed by various armed groups. Fahey holds a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.

Clark Gibson is a guest professor in the Keough School. Gibson studies the politics of development, democracy, and the environment in relation to Africa, Central and South America, and the United States. His current research focuses on the accountability between governments and citizens in Africa, especially during the electoral process and in the provision of public services.

Gibson is professor of political science and director of the International Studies Program at the University of California San Diego (UCSD). He also is a founder of the university’s Center for the Study of African Political Economy. A Notre Dame graduate, he holds a PhD from Duke University.

Ambassador (ret.) Susan D. Page is visiting professor of the practice. She teaches Diplomacy and Statecraft and advises master of global affairs and undergraduate students. Page also contributes expertise to several entities within the Keough School, including the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, the Catholic Peacebuilding Network, the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, and the Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development. She is a member of the leadership team charged with building the Keough School’s international policy program.

Page was the first US ambassador to the world’s newest nation, the Republic of South Sudan, from 2011 to 2014. Following that historic posting, she served as chargé d’affaires to the US Mission to the African Union/Permanent Representative to the UN Economic Commission for Africa. Page also was deputy assistant secretary of state for African affairs, senior advisor to the special envoy for Sudan and South Sudan, and chaired the multi-agency Security Governance Initiative for Ghana. She has received several top awards from the State Department for her work in Sudan, South Sudan, and the Great Lakes region of Africa. Page holds a JD from Harvard Law School.

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