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

We highly recommend faculty to meet with or inform Rev. T. Michael McNulty, S.J. of their intent to submit an application.

If your proposal involves travel, you neet to take account of the University's travel policies.

Please complete the online form to apply. Applications are due March 1, 2023.

Note: Please contact Chris Jeske if you encounter any technical issues with the online form.

Featured Fellows


Funded Projects

Rynne Research Fellows


  • Dr. Mark Berlin (Political Science) – The Persistence of Human Rights Violations in Liberal Democracies: The Chicago Police Torture Cases
  • Dr. Alexandra Kriofske Mainella (Counselor Education) – Multicultural Counseling: Getting on the Same Page with Self-Compassion and Humility


  • Dr. Kimberly Harris (Philosophy) – In Battle for Peace: Du Bois on the Prophetic Role of the Philosopher
  • Rev. John Tiede, S.J. (Theology) – Ignacio Ellacuria and Oscar Romero: Violence and Transformation


  • Dr. Louise Cainkar (Social and Cultural Sciences) – 'Muslim Ban' on Yemeni American Families and Methods of Trauma Recovery
  • Dr. Brian Palmer-Rubin (Political Science) – Organizing Precarious Workers: Berry Pickers and Collective Action in Mexico


  • 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