Atalia Omer is professor of religion, conflict, and peace studies at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. She specializes in the study of religion, nationalism, and peace-building; diasporas and conflict transformation and peace; multiculturalism; conflict transformation and justice; and theories and methods in the study of religion. Within the University of Notre Dame, Omer is also an associate professor of sociology, a faculty affiliate and founding member of the steering committee for the Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion, and a faculty fellow at the Initiative for Global Development and the Center for the Study of Religion and Society.

Omer is co-director, with R. Scott Appleby, dean of the Keough School of Global Affairs, and Ebrahim Moosa, a professor of Islamic studies at the Kroc Institute and a professor in this Department of History, of Contending Modernities, a global research and education initiative examining the interactions among Catholic, Muslim, and other religious and secular forces.

Omer’s research has been widely published, and her books include When Peace Is Not Enough: How the Israeli Peace Camp Thinks About Religion, Nationalism, and Justice (University of Chicago Press, 2013) and the forthcoming Days of Awe: Reimagining Jewishness in Solidarity with Palestinians (University of Chicago Press, 2019).  

Omer is a co-chair of the Religion, Social Conflicts, and Peace Group at the American Academy of Religion,  a faculty fellow at the University of Groningen’s Centre for Religion, Conflict, and Globalization, and a senior fellow at Harvard Divinity School’s Religious Literacy Program’s Religion, Conflict, and Peace Initiative. She earned her PhD from Harvard University.


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