Garrett FitzGerald

Garrett FitzGerald

Teaching Scholar, Joan B. Kroc Inst. for Int'l. Peace

Fields of Study: Political Theory, International Relations

Research and Teaching Interests: democratic theory, decolonial theory, peacebuilding and post-conflict reconciliation


Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Kroc Insitute for Int'l Peace Studies

Garrett FitzGerald (political science & peace studies) holds an M.T.S. degree from Harvard Divinity School (religion, ethics, and politics) and a B.A. degree in peace & conflict studies and religious studies from Guilford College. He served for five years as the head of development for the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, a Nobel Peace Prize-winning non-governmental organization dedicated to nuclear abolition and armed violence reduction.

Garrett's research focuses on the intersections between democratic theory, decolonial theory, and the theories and practices of peacebuilding. His dissertation uses a decolonial approach to analyze the prevailing conceptualizations of democracy animating recent international peacebuilding efforts, and develops a theoretical framework through which decolonial articulations of democratic practice—and the ways in which they are understood to relate to peace—might better inform the work of Western scholars and practitioners. Garrett is the recipient of the John and Judy Scully Fellowship, and a recipient of the Steven D. Pepe Fellowship for the 2018-2019 academic year.