Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, Keough School of Global Affairs
Richard G. Starmann, Sr., Endowed Chair, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies; Professor of the Practice, Keough School of Global Affairs
- Technology, media and human security
- Social cohesion and social justice
- Conflict assessment, dialogue, mediation and peace process design
- Religion, ritual, arts, nonviolent social movements and violent extremism
- Design of artificial intelligence technology
- Impact of AI on the democratic process and polarization
Schirch’s Latest News
Schirch in the News
January 17, 2024
False and deceptive information has always been a factor in elections, said Lisa Schirch, the Richard G. Starmann Chair in Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame. But genAI allows many more people to create ever more realistic false propaganda.
Voice of America
November 16, 2023
Lisa Schirch, a professor of peace studies at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, sees potential for a political solution to the decades-long conflict.
June 10, 2023
ABC57's Brian Conybeare delved into the dark side of AI and spoke to Notre Dame Professor of Global Affairs Lisa Schirch, who says that the development of AI could potentially lead to catastrophic results for mankind. Meanwhile, Notre Dame Computer and Science and Engineering professor Tim Weninger does not believe AI directly threatens human at any point in the near future.
May 22, 2023
“We definitely need regulation, we needed it yesterday, if not five years ago, because this is all getting away from us too quickly, and the real problem here is that there’s nobody in governments, who’s really tasked with understanding the powerful ability to use AI as a weapon,” said Dr. Lisa Schirch, Professor of the Practice at the Keough School of Global Affairs. Fellow Notre Dame Professor Dr. John Behrens also has concerns – especially when it comes to people using this technology inappropriately. "Now, it’s something that anybody can just download, or get access to, and start using, and that’s really going to cause some problems and that’s an area for concern for sure, and it might be an area for regulation,” said Dr. John Behrens, Notre Dame Director of College Technology Initiatives.