Rynne Research Fellowships

Named after our founder, Dr. Terry Rynne, the Rynne Research Fellowship acknowledges that peacemaking covers a wide array of disciplines and topics ranging from intrapersonal to international. Marquette faculty are encouraged to submit a research proposal of their choice or a topic in one of the center's priority research areas.

Two awards of $3,500 are granted each year to cover a two-month period during the summer. Previous recipients may apply again; however, there must be at least four years between awards.

Apply for a fellowship

Contact Rev. T. Michael McNulty, S.J. if you are interested in applying. Applications are due by March 1, 2020.

Funded Projects

Rynne Research Fellows


  • Dr. Irfan Omar (Theology) – Re-framing Peace: Muslim Stories of Peacemaking for the 21st Century
  • Dr. Jessica Wolfendale (Philosophy) – Tolerating Torture: The Creation of a Torture Culture in the US


  • Dr. Alexandra Crampton (Social and Cultural Sciences) – From Court to Community: Mediation as Family Relationship Intervention
  • Dr. Jessica Rich (Political Science) – Promoting Good Governance and Democracy in South America


  • Dr. Noelle Brigden (Political Science) – Transnational Im/mobilities: Mapping Clandestine Globalization and Fragmentation of the Nation-State from Central America to the United States
  • Dr. Cedric Burrows (English) – Rhetorical Crossover: The Black Rhetorical Presence in White Culture


  • Dr. Alex Crampton (Social and Cultural Sciences) – Getting Past "Yes" as Measure of Mediation Success
  • Dr. Christine Krueger (English) – Literature, Law and Traumatic History


  • Dr. Beth Godbee (English) – The Power of Affiliative Disposition: Why Relational Work Matters (story)
  • Dr. Andrew Larsen (History) – Peace Compacts in 13th- and 14th-century Oxford


  • Dr. Kathleen Clark (Educational Policy) – Nurturing Children’s Understanding and Capacity for Peace Through Literature
  • Dr. Heather Hlavka (Social and Cultural Sciences) and Dr. Sameena Mulla (Social and Cultural Sciences)  The Violence of the (Virtual) Word: The Role of Social Media and Communication Technology in Adjudicating Sexual Assault
  • Dr. Irfan Omar (Theology) – Dialogue of the Heart: Islam, Interreligious Hermeneutics and Peacemaking (story)


  • Dr. Sarah Gendron (Foreign Languages and Literatures) – Genocide Culture: The Role of Cultural Practices in Pre- and Post-genocide Rwanda
  • Dr. Grant Silva (Philosophy) – Approaching the Borders of Peace: The Militarization of National Borders and the Creation of Internal Divisions


  • Danielle Beverly (Digital Media and Performing Arts) – Online Historical Timeline for Old SouthDocumentary
  • Dr. Theresa Tobin (Philosophy) – On Spiritual Violence


  • Dr. Alex Crampton (Social and Cultural Sciences) – Evaluation of Mediation with Divorcing Couples in Dispute over Child Custody and Visitation
  • Dr. Dawne Moon (Social and Cultural Sciences) – Dialogues with the Other: Experiences of Jewish-Palestinian Dialogue


  • Dr. Louise Cainkar (Social and Cultural Sciences) – Liminality, Loyalty and Modes of Incorporation: Comparative, Transnational Study of American Muslim Youth


  • Dr. Jodi Melamed (English) – Global Resource Wars and Indigenous Peacemaking
  • Dr. Franco Trivigno (Philosophy) – Guns, Trauma and Virtue: The Virtue Theoretic Case Against Gun Possession


  • Dr. Sharon Chubbuck (Educational Policy) – Forgiveness Interventions in Urban High Schools
  • Dr. Irfan Omar (Theology) – Peacemakers the al-Risala Way: Wahiduddin Kahn's Theology of Nonviolent Activism