Maryann Cusimano Love, Ph.D.

Associate Professor International Relations

Dr. Maryann Cusimano Love is a tenured Associate Professor of International Relations in the Politics Department of The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. She serves on: the U.S. Catholic Bishops' International Justice and Peace Committee, where she advises the bishops on international affairs and U.S. foreign policy, and engages in advocacy with the U.S. government; the Advisory Board of the Catholic Peacebuilding Network, a network of practitioners, academics, clergy, and laity from around the world advancing peacebuilding; and on the board of Directors for the Arms Control Association, a nonpartisan organization dedicated to promoting public understanding of and support for effective arms control policies. She served on the Core Group for the Department of State's working group on Religion and Foreign Policy, charged with making recommendations to the Secretary of State and the Federal Advisory Commission on how the US government can better engage with civil society and religious actors in foreign policy.  She served as  a Fellow at the Commission on International Religious Freedom, where she worked with the Foreign Service Institute in creating training and education materials on religion and foreign policy. She teaches graduate and undergraduate International Relations courses at Catholic University and the Pentagon, such as Security, Peace Studies, Just Peace, U.S. Foreign Policy, Terrorism, Globalization, and The Problem of Sovereignty.

Her recent International Relations books include Global Issues (Rowman & Littlefield, 2020),  Beyond Sovereignty: Issues for a Global Agenda (4th Edition, 2011), Morality Matters: Ethics and the War on Terrorism (forthcoming at Cornell University Press), "What Kind of Peace Do We Seek?" a book chapter on peacebuilding, in Notre Dame University's volume on The Ethics and Theology of Peacebuilding (Orbis 2011), "The Church and Global Governance" chapter for a Vatican book volume on Pacem in Terris, and "Women, Religion, and Peace" chapter for a U.S. Institute of Peace book Exploring the Invisible.

An alumna of the Johns Hopkins University (PhD), the University of Texas at Austin (MA), and St. Joseph's University in Philadelpha (BA), Dr Cusimano Love is a frequent speaker on international affairs issues, as when she serves the Holy See diplomatic delegation  at the Vatican and at the United Nations. She is an International Affairs editor for America magazine and a recipient of the 2009 Best Columnist Catholic Press Award. As a former Pew Faculty Fellow, Board and Communications Committee of Jesuit Refugee Services, an international refugee relief and advocacy group active in over 60 countries,and a consultant for Georgetown's Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, Dr. Love gives faculty development workshops on religion and world politics, and case and participatory teaching techniques.


Dr. Maryann Cusimano Love lives on the Chesapeake Bay outside of Washington, DC, with her husband Richard and three children, Maria, Ricky, and Ava, who inspired her New York Times best-selling children's books, You Are My I Love You, You Are My Miracle, You Are My Wish, You Are My Wonders, and Sleep, Baby, Sleep.

Dr. Cusimano Love is a founder of  CPN, an organizer of the conference and a faculty presenter.  Read more about her views on the topic in this article, published in America Magazine:  Building a Better Peace: A future worthy of our faith

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May 25-29, 2020  
Notre Dame Keough School of Global Affairs Washington Office 
1400 16th St., NW, Ste. 120
Washington, D.C.

Meant to empower a new generation of leaders to contribute to wider efforts to stop nuclear proliferation and further reduce, and ultimately eliminate, nuclear weapons, this one-week experience for rising college sophomores through graduating seniors and select graduate students will equip participants with multidisciplinary knowledge about nonproliferation and disarmament, and will take full advantage of experiential learning opportunities alongside key arms control institutions and experts in Washington, D.C.

Students will also be exposed to internship and career opportunities in the field.

Speakers include:

For more information and to apply, visit 

Please spread the word to interested students in your networks. 

Applications are due by December 2, 2019.

The seminar will be limited to 25 students. Students are responsible for covering their own travel expenses and lodging, but, if accepted, the program is free. 

Photo credit: Chuck Penson, Titan Missile Museum

His Eminence Cardinal Berhaneyesus Souraphiel of Ethiopia,
head of the Peace & Reconciliation Committee, Visits
Dr. Cusimano Love's Class

The Cardinal gives an overview of Ethiopia, especially regarding the youth of his country, and what drives many to emigrate.

The process of building legitimacy for the peace and reconciliation process from the ground up is discussed.

The cardinal speaks about the importance of Africa, and looking toward the example of other country's experience with Peace and Reconciliation, and describes the importance of respecting local traditions as you work to solve conflicts.

The latest article in America Magazine by Dr. Cusimano Love: "A new nuclear arms race? How the U.S. withdrawing from a treaty with Russia increases the risk."

Read the Article.

New Book!

Global Issues Beyond Sovereignty, Rowman & Littlefield, 2020

Other global issues books are a rather eclectic mash up of topics, headlines du jour, with an "and now this!" organizational scheme. The "hot" topics may have cooled by press time, and the presentation to students is disjointed, not clear. The approach is often a "scare 'em and leave 'em" presentation of a global horror show

of problems, without clear arguments about the connections among the issues, or integrated discussions of solutions.In contrast, Global Issues Beyond Sovereignty provides a thesis and a common narrative throughout the "issue" chapters. The range of responses to manage global issues are compared and discussed throughout. ..... More

Fmr. Sec. of State George Schultz with Dr. Maryanne Cusimano Love

Recent Event:  Summer Institute by The Catholic Peacebuilding Network

When:    May 19 - 24, 2019

Where:   Washington, D.C.

For:         The next generation of leaders 

                 focusing on nuclear disarmament and arms control

Details:  Contact Dr. Cusimano Love

Dr. Cusimano Love is a founder of  CPN, an organizer of the conference and a faculty presenter.  Read more about her views on the topic in this article, published in America Magazine:  Building a Better Peace: A future worthy of our faith

         The International Society for Human Rights, a secular NGO based in Frankfurt, estimated in 2009 that Christians are the victims of 80 percent of all acts of religious discrimination in the world, a finding that is corroborated by separate human rights observatories.

 The Pew Research Center’s 2014 report found that between June 2006 and December 2012, Christians faced harassment and intimidation in 151 countries, the largest number of any religious group.

...the number of Christians who die for their faith remains high. ... 20 Christians are being killed for their faith each day, year in and year out

"Under Caesar’s Sword" is a three-year, collaborative global research project that investigates how Christian communities respond when their religious freedom is severely violated. Research will be centered around three core questions:

  • How do Christian communities respond to repression?

  • Why do they choose the responses that they do?

  • What are the results of these responses?

The Templeton Religion Trust awarded a grant of $1.1 million to the University of Notre Dame and the Religious Freedom Project at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University to carry out the research.

"Under Caesar’s Sword" is an effort to discover and draw attention to the ways in which Christian communities around the world respond to the severe violation of their religious freedom. These strategies vary widely, ranging from nonviolent protest movements of the kind that Pope John Paul II led in communist Poland, to the complex diplomacy of Christian churches in China, to simply fleeing from persecution en masse, as Christians have in Iraq. Further, the project aims to raise solidarity with persecuted Christians worldwide and to help them respond justly and effectively in ways that build up religious freedom for all.

The team of 14 scholars, representing the world’s leading scholars of Christianity in their respective regions, will travel around the world to study some 100 beleaguered Christian communities in over 30 countries including China, Indonesia, Nigeria, Syria, Egypt, Iraq, Pakistan, and India. 

"Under Caesar's Sword":  How do Christians worldwide respond to persecution?

Dr. Cusimano Love is one of a team of scholars and leading experts on global Christianity who study beleagured Christian communities in 25 countries around the world.  (From the website
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