Kroc Institute | January 14, 2019
Senior Monica Montgomery’s interest in global arms control questions had an unconventional beginning. Her participation in a class taught by Kroc Institute professor Gerard Powers, director of the Catholic Peacebuilding Network, earned her a spot among a delegation of University of Notre Dame faculty and students attending a November 2017 conference on nuclear disarmament at the Vatican.
“Monica brings to her academic vision and policy work the full import of her combined study of national security and peace studies, making her a logical choice for the Vatican conference, which addressed ethical concerns about the narrow and nuclear dependent international security system” said George A. Lopez, Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., Professor Emeritus of Peace Studies and a member of the Vatican delegation. “Monica exemplifies an emerging generation of citizen-policy experts who are grounded in Catholic ethical principles and are attempting to forge new thinking about nuclear weapons policy.”
Although the opportunity was unexpected, the trip sparked a passion for Montgomery, a political science major with a supplementary major in peace studies and a certificate in International Security Studies, which has continued to grow.
“My interest was piqued by the conference,” said Montgomery. “The program at the Vatican was very much focused on disarmament and the nuclear ban treaty. Even though I support those messages, I began to understand that the field is much more complex, even within peace studies camps, and I wanted to learn more.”
Connections made while at the Vatican conference, and with Kroc Institute faculty and alumni, led Montgomery to a three-month internship at the Arms Control Association (ACA) in Washington D.C. researching global arms control policy and trends during summer 2018.
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