Faculty & Staff

Peace and Justice Studies Program Faculty

Catia Confortini | cconfort@wellesley.edu | Co-Director, Peace and Justice Studies

Nadya Hajj | nhajj@wellesley.edu | Co-Director, Peace and Justice Studies

Advisory Board

  • Amy Banzaert |Director of Engineering Studies
  • Helena de Bres | Department of Philosophy
  • Christopher Candland | Department of Political Science
  • Margaret Cezair-Thompson, English Department
  • Catia Confortini | Department of Peace and Justice Studies
  • Susan Ellison | Department of Anthropology
  • Nadya Hajj | Department of Peace and Justice Studies
  • James Kodera | Department of Religion
  • Erin Konkle, Program Director, Civic Engagement|Career Education
  • Peggy Levit | Department of Sociology
  • Ryan Quintana | Department of History
  • Susan Skeath van Mulbergt | Department of Economics

Lizette Rodriguez-Ponce is the Academic Administrator 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 lrodriguezponce@wellesley.edu.

  • Lecturer in Engineering; Director of Engineering Studies

    B.S., M.S., Ph.D, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Researches engineering education and the development of consumer-oriented technologies that can benefit under-served populations worldwide.

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  • Professor of Political Science

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

    Interested in the political dimensions of human development, especially policies that promote education, employment, health, and dignity in Southern Asia.

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  • Senior Lecturer in English

    B.A., Barnard College; M.A., New York University; Ph.D., City University of New York

    Author of two novels and a screenplay. Fields: fiction-writing, screenwriting, postcolonial studies and modern British literature.

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  • 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.

    More about Catia Confortini

  • Associate Professor of Philosophy

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

    Works on philosophy of literature and moral philosophy, with a focus on personal narration, memoir and meaning in life.

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  • Associate Professor of Anthropology

    B.A, Washington University; M.T.S., Harvard Divinity School; A.M., Ph.D., Brown University

    Socio-cultural anthropologist whose research centers on the politics of foreign aid, democracy promotion, judicial reform, and conflict in Latin America.

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  • Whitehead Associate Professor of Critical Thought; Associate Professor of Peace & Justice Studies

    B.A., University of Virginia; M.A., Ph.D., Emory University

    Research on how marginalized communities such as Palestinian refugees improve their well-being.


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  • 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.

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  • Career Education Program Director, Civic Engagement

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  • Mildred Lane Kemper Professor of Sociology

    B.A., Brandeis University; M.S., Columbia University; Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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  • Associate Professor of History

    B.A., University of Tennessee (Knoxville); M.A., Ph.D., University of Wisconsin (Madison)

    Historian of slavery, space and governance in the 18th and 19th Centuries

    More about Ryan Alexander Quintana

  • Professor of Economics

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

    Acting Director of the Quantitative Reasoning Program

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

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Faculty Emeriti

  • Betty Freyhof Johnson ’44 Professor Emeritus of Political Science

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

    Retired from undergraduate teaching, but continuing to study global problems..


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  • Anne Pierce Rogers Professor Emeritus of American Literature; Professor Emeritus of English

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

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

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