John M. Regan Jr. Director and Professor of History
Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies
University of Notre Dame
"Religion and Peacebuilding:
Scott Appleby is professor of history and the John M. Regan Jr. director of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame. During the 2013-14 academic year, he is also leading Notre Dame's deliberations on the proposal to create a new School of Global and International Affairs.
An historian (PhD, University of Chicago, 1985) who studies modern religions and their capacity for both violence and peacebuilding, Appleby is the author or editor of several books, including Strong Religion (with Gabriel Almond and Emmanuel Sivan); The Ambivalence of the Sacred: Religion, Violence and Reconciliation; Spokesmen for the Despised: Fundamentalist Leaders of the Middle East; Being Right: Conservative Catholics in America; and Church and Age, Unite! The Modernist Impulse in American Catholicism. He is the general editor of the Cornell University Press series Catholicism in Twentieth Century America. From 1988 to 1993, Appleby was co-director of an interdisciplinary study of global religious resurgence; it culminated in the publication of the five-volume Fundamentalism Project, which he edited with Martin E. Marty. Appleby co-chaired the Chicago Council on Global Affairs' Task Force on Religion in U.S. Foreign Policy, which produced the report, "Engaging Religious Communities Abroad: A New Imperative for U.S. Foreign Policy."
In his capacity as a peace scholar Appleby is the lead editor of the Oxford University Press book series Studies in Strategic Peacebuilding, and co-editor of the forthcoming Handbook on Religion, Conflict and Peacebuilding. As director of the Kroc Institute, in 2003 he established the Catholic Peacebuilding Network, an international association of Roman Catholic peace and justice scholars and practitioners, and co-edited the network's first scholarly volume, Peacebuilding: Catholic Theology, Ethics and Praxis. Currently Appleby is the director of the Notre Dame research and education project "Contending Modernities: Catholic, Muslim, Secular" and co-director of a Social Science Research Council project on "Peacebuilding, Development and Religion."
Essays and articles by Appleby have appeared in Foreign Policy, Harvard Theological Review, The New York Review of Books, Journal of American History, The New York Times Book Review, American Journal of Education, The Review of Politics, Church History, The Christian Century, America, Commonweal, U.S. Catholic and U.S. Catholic Historian. He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Religion and The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.
A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences, Appleby is the recipient of three honorary doctorates.