Karie Cross Riddle
Professor Riddle graduated from Harding University in Searcy, AR, with degrees in political science and English. She then earned a Masters of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, focusing on international development processes in South Asia and working as a human rights advocate in Nepal. Next, she headed to the University of Notre Dame to pursue a PhD in peace studies and political science, earned in 2017. For her dissertation, she put field work in India into close conversation with theories of feminism, peacebuilding, and human development.
Professor Riddle's book manuscript, Critical Feminist Justpeace, examines women's peacebuilding movements in the context of intra- and interethnic conflict in Manipur, India. Drawing upon 40 interviews and ethnographic research conducted in 2014-2015, Riddle argues that peacebuilding processes and the content of peace itself must be stretched to better include women's experiences with forms of structural, as well as direct, violence. Drawing upon Brooke Ackerly's critical feminist methodology and John Paul Lederach's concept of justpeace, Riddle advocates for a critical feminist justpeace to guide political strategies and the formulation of goals for the pursuit of peace and social justice. Her future research will build on many of these themes comparatively, looking at resonances between the political thought and action of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr., and between their successors-- contemporary women advocates for gendered justice in India and for racial justice in the United States.
Professor Riddle's love for South Asia extends to cooking elaborate Indian and Nepali feasts, thanks to some excellent tutelage from her South Asian friends. She enjoys playing hymns and folk music on the mandolin, fiddle, and piano. She and her husband, Jonathan (a history professor at Wheaton College), are also fitness enthusiasts, doing everything from weightlifting to swimming. The Riddles divide their time between Eastown in Grand Rapids and Wheaton, IL.
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