Deborah Kwak

B.A., Political Science and French, Calvin College
M.A., International Peace and Conflict Studies, Joan. B. Kroc Institute, University of Notre Dame
M.A., Sociology, University of Notre Dame
Ph.D. (expected), Sociology and Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame. 

H. Deborah Kwak is a PhD candidate in Sociology and Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Deborah’s dissertation, “Building and Burning Bridges: Contention and solidarity among civil society groups in Mindanao” examines how civil society groups in a post-conflict society interact in deliberative spaces and how they go about or fail to reconcile differences in group identity, interaction style, and mobilization efforts.

Recent Scholarly Activity
Summers-Effler, Erika and Hyunjin Deborah Kwak. 2015. “Weber’s Missing Mystics: Inner-Worldly Mystical Practices and the Micro Potential for Social Change.” Theory and Society 44 (3): 251-282.

Summers-Effler, Erika and Hyunjin Deborah Kwak. “Where are the Missing Mystics of the Revolution?” Open Democracy, Transformation. Ed. Michael Edwards. Posted: August 2015 <>.

Leguro, Myla and Hyunjin Deborah Kwak. “Unlikely Partners for Conflict Transformation: Engaging the military as stakeholders for peace in Mindanao, Philippines.” In Strengthening Peacebuilding Policy Through Civil Society Empowerment. Eds. David Cortright and Lisa Schirch. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. (Forthcoming).  

Kwak, Hyunjin Deborah and Sana Rais. Chapter on Jamila Afghani, Peacemaker in Afghanistan. In Peacemakers in Action: Profiles of Religion in Conflict Volume II. Ed. Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. (Forthcoming).

Contact Information
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