Alyssa Paylor (anthropology and peace studies) holds a Master of Global Affairs-International Peace Studies from the University of Notre Dame, Indiana. She graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Anthropology and Political Science from the University of Colorado-Boulder. 

She has over six years of professional and volunteer experience working with grassroots peace and education organizations in Israel, Palestine, Myanmar and Thailand. Alyssa's work has included program and project management, curriculum and tool kit development, applied research, and fundraising and development. 

As a PhD student, Alyssa intends to build upon her MA research which examined concepts of reconciliation in a community of Israeli and Palestinian peace activists. Her research interests include examining spaces and practices of solidarity, activism, and care in conditions of power asymmetry. Alyssa is a Notre Dame Presidential Fellow.