H. Deborah Kwak
Area of Interest
Culture, Theory, Religion, Conflict, Small Groups
Hyunjin Deborah Kwak is a PhD student in Sociology and Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame. She earned her MA in International Peace and Conflict Studies from Notre Dame in 2009 and a BA in political science and French from Calvin College in 2006. Her dissertation, "Building Bridges through Talk: Contention and Solidarity among Civil Society Groups in Mindanao," examines whether and how civil society groups in a post-conflict society interact in publics, and how they go about or fail to ‘reconcile’ their identity differences. The study will also investigate whether and how groups interact in deliberative processes and position themselves to contribute to the post-conflict peace process.