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Bethel Professor Appointed as Research Associate at Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute

John Haas, Ph.D., associate professor of history at Bethel College, has been appointed as a research associate at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame, one of the world's leading centers for the study of the causes of violent conflict and strategies for sustainable peace.

Kroc Institute faculty and fellows conduct interdisciplinary research on a wide range of topics related to peace and justice. Haas’ research will focus on a book he is writing, “Does War Work? America and Its Wars Since 1945.” He will also have the opportunity to present his research and share ideas with scholars from all over the world who are working on related topics.

One of the reasons this appointment is exciting for Haas is because it will enrich his teaching in the classroom at Bethel. “When professors are able to pursue research and writing, it refracts throughout all their other work, including in the classroom, by energizing it, broadening their outlooks and adding new perspectives,” he says.

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