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African Jesuit with interests in peace and conflict resolution named next Waite Chair

The Rev. Arsene Brice Bado, SJ, is the new Waite Endowed Chair in Jesuit Education.Creighton University’s next holder of the Anna and Donald Waite Endowed Chair in Jesuit Education will arrive on campus this fall with a long, worldwide academic and humanitarian pedigree in his wake.

The Rev. Arsène Brice Bado, SJ, has spent his life and career in conflict resolution and peacebuilding, putting advanced degrees in social and cultural anthropology, law, social ethics and political science to use in the service of helping people in war-torn regions of Africa recover from years of displacement and uncertainty and move into stable democratic and parliamentary systems of government.

A native of the West African nation of Burkina Faso, Fr. Bado is currently the deputy director of the Institute of Dignity and Human Rights at the Centre de Recherche et d’Action pour la Paix (CERAP) in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, where he has been working since 2016 in the promotion of democracy and electoral assistance in post-conflict settings.

“This is an unparalleled opportunity for us at Creighton to expand our global mission and to explore the roots of conflict and conflict resolution, human rights, social justice and peace, all major themes running across our curriculum,” said Creighton President the Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ, in announcing Fr. Bado’s acceptance of the Waite Chair. “Fr. Bado is an accomplished scholar and researcher who brings keen, in-depth analysis to these problems. I am eager to see how his work and teaching will impact the lives of Creighton students and how Creighton can contribute to his important work and interests.”

Prior to his work with CERAP, Fr. Bado was a Southern Voices Network Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., and a visiting researcher at Yale University. He earned a PhD in political science in 2016 from Laval University in Quebec City, Quebec, with a dissertation titled, “Foreign Electoral Assistance as a Tool for Peace Consolidation in Post-Conflict Societies.”

Along with dozens of scholarly articles, book reviews, book chapters and conference presentations, Fr. Bado is the author of Dignity Across Borders: Forced Migration and Christian Social Ethics (2010) and he is editor of a collection of essays, Dynamiques des guerres civiles en Afrique: Une approche holiste (2015).

Fr. Bado is a member of the Interdisciplinary Research Center on Africa and the Middle East (CIRAM), and a member of the Research Chair on Democracy and Parliamentary Institutions, both at Laval.

The Waite Chair in Jesuit Education was established in 2011 by Donald Waite, BSC’54, and his wife, Anna, to augment the Jesuit presence on the Creighton campus. The Chair sponsors visiting Jesuits who pursue writing, research and teaching on law, philosophy, business ethics, health care and more, opening doors for learning across international borders and cultural divides.

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