About

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Working at the nexus between research and practice, the Peace Accords Matrix (PAM) program is comprised of researchers and practitioners seeking to promote and facilitate a higher order of integration between these domains. The PAM program is home to the largest existing collection of implementation data on intrastate peace agreements, and PAM team members regularly provide research support to ongoing peace processes on issues of peace agreement design and implementation.

The PAM database is a unique source of qualitative and quantitative longitudinal data on the implementation of 34 Comprehensive Peace Agreements (CPAs) negotiated between 1989 and 2012. Drawing on this world class, peer-reviewed database, PAM researchers have developed a quantitative methodology to track the progress of peace accord implementation. The PAM database serves as a valuable tool for analysis, which the Kroc Institute uses to support the negotiation and implementation of peace accords, including the implementation of the Colombian peace accord.

The Team

The PAM team consists of faculty and staff members at the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies.

David Cortright

David Cortright is Director of the Peace Accords Matrix and Policy Studies at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. He is author or editor of 21 books, including Waging Peace in Vietnam (New Village Press, 2019), Governance for Peace (Cambridge University Press, 2017) and Peace: A History of Movements and Ideas (Cambridge University Press, 2008).

Elise Ditta

Elise Ditta is a Research Associate for the Peace Accords Matrix and holds a master’s degree in international peace studies from the Kroc Institute and a bachelor’s degree in international development and Spanish from Calvin College. As part of her studies, she completed a USAID Research and Innovation Fellowship in Colombia, examining urban violence and territorial peace on the Caribbean coast. She previously served as the director of communication for the Association for a More Just Society in Honduras. 

Juanita Esguerra Rezk

Juanita Esguerra Rezk is a Research Associate for the Peace Accords Matrix and is a Fulbright scholar. She is a graduate of the Keough School’s Master of Global Affairs Program. She has worked for the Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (DG-ECHO) supporting projects to deliver humanitarian assistance for victims of armed conflict, and for the National Center for Historical Memory (Centro Nacional de Memoria Histórica). 

Matthew Hauenstein

Matthew Hauenstein is a Postdoctoral Research Associate with the Peace Accords Matrix, where he collects and analyzes data on peace agreement implementation.  He received his Ph.D. in Political Science, with a focus on International Relations, from Florida State University in 2018.  His research examines what strategies third parties can use to promote peace during civil war.

Madhav Joshi

Madhav Joshi is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute and Associate Director of the Peace Accords Matrix. His research focuses on peace agreement design, implementation, and post-civil war peacebuilding. He is co-editor of Understanding Quality Peace (with Peter Wallensteen, Routledge, 2018).

Patrick McQuestion

Patrick McQuestion is a Research Associate for the Peace Accords Matrix and holds a master’s in development management and policy from Georgetown University, in combination with Universidad Nacional de San Martín, Argentina. Previous to the Kroc Institute, he worked for the Argentine Ministry of Modernization in a program mapping public sector payrolls across state entities. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Reed College.

Caitlyn Paulsen

Caitlyn Paulsen is the Program Coordinator for the Peace Accords Matrix. With interests in international studies, language, and the arts, she most recently worked as a liaison to high-fashion brands for a London-based public relations and marketing firm. She has spent time and lived in the United Kingdom, Mexico, Ireland, and Spain. She speaks fluent Spanish, and earned her bachelor’s from Saint Mary’s College in Spanish and business administration.

Jason Quinn

Jason M. Quinn is Associate Professor of Political Science and a Senior Researcher with the Peace Accords Matrix. Quinn researches civil war, with a special focus on peace agreement design and implementation. He has published on these topics in International Studies QuarterlyBritish Journal of Political ScienceJournal of Conflict ResolutionJournal of Peace ResearchNegotiation JournalInternational Interactions, International Studies Perspectives, and other outlets.

Laurel Stone

Laurel Stone is Associate Director of Operations for the Peace Accords Matrix (PAM) at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, where she manages operations for several grant and research projects for the PAM program and the Colombia Barometer Initiative. She is co-editor of the volume Civil Society, Peace, and Power (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016), and she holds a master’s degree from the Seton Hall School of Diplomacy and International Relations.