Peace and Justice Studies Program Faculty

Lawrence Rosenwald | | English Department

Catia Confortini | | Associate Professor, Peace and Justice Studies

Advisory Board

  • Christopher Candland | Department of Political Science
  • Catia Confortini | Department of Peace and Justice Studies
  • James Kodera | Department of Religion
  • Craig Murphy | Department of Political Science
  • Lawrence Rosenwald | Department of English
  • Susan Skeath van Mulbergt | Department of Economics
  • Helena de Bres | Department of Philosophy

Lizette Rodriguez-Ponce is the Administrative Assistant for the Peace & Justice Studies Program and can be found in Founders Hall, Rm 031.  Please call her at 781.283.2563, or email her at

  • Christopher Candland

    Associate Professor of Political Science

    B.A., Haverford College; M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Columbia University

    Focused on the political dimensions of human development, based on comparative and quantitative studies within Southern Asia. 

    On leave Fall 2016.


  • profile picture, Catia Confortini

    Catia Confortini

    Associate Professor of Peace and Justice Studies

    B.S., Università degli Studi di Firenze; M.A., University of Notre Dame; Ph.D., University of Southern California

    Scholar and activist around issues of peace and gender.


  • Helena de Bres

    Helena de Bres

    Associate Professor of Philosophy

    B.A., Victoria University; M.A., Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Researches and teaches political and moral philosophy, with a focus on questions of distributive justice in global politics.


  • Lidwien Kapteijns

    Elizabeth Kimball Kendall and Elisabeth Hodder Professor of History

    B.A., Universiteit van Amsterdam; M.A., University of London; Doctoraal, Ph.D., Universiteit van Amsterdam

    African historian focusing on Somalia and Sudan with a long-term research and teaching focus on Islamic and Middle Eastern history; translator of historical and popular culture texts in Arabic and Somali. 


  • T. James Kodera

    T. James Kodera

    Professor of Religion

    B.A., Carleton College; M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Columbia University

    An educator and a scholar in the comparative and historical study of religion with a focus on Asia, as the word "Asia" is understood historically and broadly to include West Asia, South Asia and East Asia.


  • Craig Murphy

    Craig N. Murphy

    Betty Freyhof Johnson ’44 Professor of Political Science

    B.A., Grinnell College; M.A., Ph.D., University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill)

    The politics of globalization and inequality absorb me. I study them using archives, interviews, and direct observation of international development agencies.


  • Ronald Osborn

    Ronald E. Osborn

    Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Peace and Justice Studies

    B.A., Atlantic Union College; M.A., St. John's College ; M.S., University of London; Ph.D., University of Southern California

    Religion and violence; philosophical groundings of human rights; conflict transformation; pacifism and just war theory; politics and literature.


  • Lawrence A. Rosenwald

    Anne Pierce Rogers Professor of American Literature; Professor of English

    B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Columbia University

    Americanist, translator, performer (music, theater), verse-writer, pacifist.


  • Susan E. Skeath

    Professor of Economics

    B.A., Haverford College; M.A., Ph.D., Princeton University

    Interests in microeconomics, advanced and intermediate theory applied game theory, and experimental economics.