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Political science doctoral student awarded Miller Center fellowship

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Kathryn Gardner, a University of Notre Dame doctoral student in political science from Loveland, Ohio, has been awarded a 2008-09 Fellowship in American Politics, Foreign Policy and World Politics from the University of Virginia’s Miller Center of Public Affairs.

One of only nine scholars selected from a pool of 180 applicants nationwide, Gardner, who specializes in international relations and comparative politics, will receive a $20,000 grant to complete a dissertation “that explores America’s relationship to the world, public policy questions, 20th century politics or governance in the United States” and will be paired with an academic mentor who is a leading national scholar in her field of study.

Gardner’s application was titled “Politicizing Religion: A Comparative Look at the Origins and Development of Muslim Incorporation Policies in France, Great Britain and the United States, 1945-2008.”

“Fellows are chosen on the basis of their first-rate scholarship and also on their potential contribution to pressing contemporary problems,” said Brian Balogh, associate professor of history at Virginia and co-chair of the Governing America in a Global Era program.

The Miller Center has awarded 83 fellowships since 2000. A majority of the recipients have gone on to tenure-track positions or prestigious post-doctoral fellowships at leading colleges and universities. Others are now in public service or at non-profit organizations.

Founded in 1975, the Miller Center is a leading nonpartisan public policy institution dedicated to studying U.S. national and international policy, with a special emphasis on the central role and history of the American presidency.

Originally published by Shannon Chapla at on June 06, 2008.