Mohamed was a clinical psychologist before coming to Notre Dame. "I went into clinical psychology because I saw how mental health issues were affecting my community," she said. "I’m Kenyan, but my ethnicity is Somali. So I grew up around Somali refugees — because Kenya took the biggest number of refugees from the civil war in Somalia."
"I grew up in a country that experienced conflict--and a lot violence post-conflict--so what peace means and how to respond with peace is a puzzle I’m still working on," Villatoro says. "With the Master of Global Affairs focused on International Peace Studies, I’m trying to respond to the questions I have had my whole life."
Tang, whose hometown is Beijing, lists her research interests as post-traumatic theology, decolonial and queer theologies, gender and sexuality studies, religion, and literature. She attended Notre Dame as an undegraduate, then went to Harvard Divinity School for her master's degree.
"Peace studies provided me with a better perspective on the importance of my engineering research and its impact on people's lives," Saeidi-Javash said. "Knowing that my research may have such a tremendous impact encourages me to explore more and be a force for good."