PhD in Anthropology and Peace Studies
The Anthropology and Peace Studies doctoral program at the University of Notre Dame is a dual degree that
approximately one fifth of the graduate students in our Anthropology program are completing. The dual degree program allows students to focus on their particular ethnographic project while embedding them in the theoretical and historical traditions of both anthropology and peace studies. Students' dissertation work will be informed by both perspectives, while potentially including aspects of our ever-evolving understanding of peace studies, with emergent foci in subjects such as climate change and social movements. A PhD in Anthropology and Peace Studies has potential policy and aid implications as well as scientific and humanistic ones.
Students in the program have an equal commitment to both disciplines, and take classes in both to inform their research trajectory. The Anthropology and Peace Studies program trains scholar-teachers and embraces potential practitioners. Students will design their own research programs, incorporating the methodological elements they deem, in coordination with their advisers, most relevant to the task at hand. In conducting dissertation research, students will immerse themselves within the cultural and social context of their project, learning the local language as relevant, living within the community in which they work, and developing an ethnographically informed perspective.
Applicants need to be very aware that the Anthropology and the Anthropology-Peace application processes are completely different. Students may apply simultaneously for admission to the Anthropology program AND to other programs at Notre Dame (including the Kroc-Anthro program). Applicants who decide to do this will have to submit two complete applications — one for each program; documents cannot be shared. To apply click here.
Before applying, interested candidates to this joint program should contact the professors in Anthropology who they see as being able to supervise their graduate work. Students accepted to this program must have an adviser who is both an anthropology faculty member and a Fellow at the Kroc Institute. Faculty who are Fellows at Kroc include:
- Maurizio Albahari, Associate Professor
- Christopher Ball, Assistant Professor
- Catherine Bolten, Associate Professor, Director of Doctoral Studies for Kroc
Rahul Oka, Research Associate Professor, Anthropology and Keough School of Global Affairs
Current students in the Kroc-Anthropology program include:
Program requirements are below. The Kroc-Anthro sections of the Graduate Guide can be found here. The full PhD manual for the Kroc program can be found here.
The current guidelines for the Kroc-Anthro students are:
- A minimum of 21 hours of courses in Anthropology (5 required courses and 2 electives) , and 18 hours of courses in peace studies (4 required courses and 2 electives)
- Proficiency in English and one other language (to be assessed by a language exam)
- A minimum of two research seminar papers, at least one of which will be an article of publishable quality and submitted to a scholarly publication
- Comprehensive examinations in Peace Studies/Anthropology and the prospectus presentation in Anthropology
- Applications for a combined minimum of $15,000 in external funding for scholarly research
- Five semesters of research and teaching assistantships in anthropology and peace studies (Intro to Peace studies and 2 IIPS/ANTH courses, plus 2 research assistantships). Four of these must be completed for advancement to candidacy and all five must be completed for graduation
- A dissertation of original research
- Students in Anthropology usually are not expected to perform service obligations during their first and fifth years