R. Scott Appleby – Keough School


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Areas of expertise: World religion, focusing on its relation to peace and conflict and integral human development


Scott Appleby (PhD University of Chicago, 1985) is Dean Marilyn Keough of the Keough School of Global Affairs at Notre Dame.

Appleby, professor of history at Notre-Dame, is a specialist in world religion who has been a member of the faculty of Notre-Dame since 1994. He graduated from Notre-Dame in 1978 and obtained a master’s and a doctorate. degrees in history from the University of Chicago. From 2000 to 2014 he was Regan Director of Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. Appleby co-directs, with Ebrahim Moosa and Atalia Omer, Modernities in struggle, a major multi-year project to examine the interaction between Catholic, Muslim and secular forces in the modern world.

Appleby’s research examines the different ways that religious movements and organizations shape and are shaped by national, regional and global governance dynamics, deadly conflicts, international relations, and economic development. He co-chaired the Chicago Council on Global Affairs Task Force on Religion and U.S. Foreign Policy Making, which released the influential report, “Engaging Religious Communities Abroad: A New Imperative for US Foreign Policy. “ From 1988 to 1993, Appleby was co-director of the Fundamentalism Project, an international public policy study conducted by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Appleby is the author or publisher of 15 books, including the widely cited volumes of The fundamentalism project (co-edited with Martin E. Marty and published by University of Chicago Press); and The ambivalence of the sacred: religion, violence and reconciliation. Most recently, Appleby co-edited (with Atalia Omer) The Oxford Textbook on Religion, Conflict, and Peacebuilding. He is also editor-in-chief of the Oxford University Press series “Studies in Strategic Peacebuilding”. Other Appleby titles include Catholics in the American Century (Cornell University Press, 2012); Peacebuilding: Catholic theology, ethics and praxis (Orbis, 2010) and Church and age unite! The Modernist Impulse in American Catholicism (Notre-Dame 1992).

A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences, Appleby holds four honorary doctorates from Fordham University, Scranton University, St. John’s University (Collegeville , Minnesota) and Saint Xavier. University, Chicago.

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