Elsa Barron is a Senior at the University Notre Dame studying Biology and Peace Studies with a minor in Sustainability. In the summer of 2018, Barron completed a research internship in India through the S.N. Bose Scholarship as well as the Madrasa Discourses Program, challenging her to think about the intersection of science with global issues and religion. In the fall of 2018, she joined the Kellogg International Scholars Program where she has been researching social factors that influence attitudes towards migrants in Europe and Africa. She has also studied migrant integration and interreligious dialogue in Athens through two grants from the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, supported by her Kellogg mentor. Back on campus, Barron joined a lab at Notre Dame working on developing a low-cost yeast biosensor for detecting substandard drugs in developing countries, which recently published their work. In 2019, Barron spent eight months in Jerusalem where she completed an International Summer Service Learning Program and a semester abroad. Her current passion is for understanding grassroots environmental peacebuilding and she is pursuing this interest through two virtual internships during the summer of 2020: one with the Environmental Peacebuilding Association in Washington D.C. and the other with the Institute for Climate and Peace in Hawaii. Additionally, Barron was recently selected as a Udall Scholarship Honorable Mention in Environmental Leadership. Looking forward, Barron has accepted a Boren Scholarship to learn Hindi and Urdu in India during the summer of 2021 while interning at an institute for sustainable and indigenous agriculture.
My research interests include the migrant crisis in Europe, particularly the experience of Muslim migrants. I am interested in understanding how religion informs these migrants’ experience and treatment in secular and Christian societies. Additionally, I am interested in the threat that climate change and bioterrorism pose to global societies.
Currently, I am researching migration in Europe with Fr. Dowd. I am mapping the faith-based organizations that are working with migrants globally, and studying literature from multiple disciplines that addresses the intersection of religion and migration. This January, I will be studying public opinions of new mosques in Athens, Greece with funding from the Nanovic Institute.
Barron Featured as Evangelical Climate Activist in Rolling Stone
Mar 21, 2021
International Scholar Elsa Barron ‘21 describes her journey to climate activism in a new Rolling Stone article on young evangelicals and the climate crisis.
Podcast: Faith-Based Approaches to Integral Ecology and Sustainable Development
Sep 24, 2020
Building Dialogue: ISP Scholar Explores Religion, Migration, and Communal Memory in Greece
Apr 27, 2020
“The interaction between the Christian west and the Islamic east plays out in Athens in a unique way,” says Kellogg International Scholar Elsa Barron, junior biology and peace studies major. “There's a huge opportunity to study Islam in Europe as part of an expanding research frontier.”