Director named for International Studies


Dr. Katherine Kidd, an adjunct faculty member in politics from 1991 to 1993, will return to Fairfield University as the first full-time director of the International Studies Program as well as an assistant professor. She will be responsible for advising international studies majors about careers, graduate schools and international internship opportunities, obtain grants to develop international programs involving faculty, to bring scholars to Fairfield and will teach in the program.

The position was previously filled by co-directors, Dr. Beverly Kahn, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and Dr. Walter Ryba, now acting dean of the School of Business.

International Studies is offered jointly by the College of Arts and Science and by the School of Business with courses devoted to business, economics, world culture, history and politics. Launched just three years ago, International Studies now has 120 majors - ranking 8th among the 29 majors - and 60 minors.

Dr. Kidd, a resident of Fairfield, comes to the University from Sacred Heart University where she was director of global studies and assistant professor of political science since 1992. In that role, she led the planning and implementation of a global studies program and served as academic advisor for the majors. She also developed internships for the students at the United Nations, AmeriCares, Save the Children International; Executive Service Corps and for businesses. She implemented a study abroad program and administered Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence grants for scholars from Luxembourg and El Salvador and administered other programs for faculty exchanges or delegations involving El Salvador, Japan and Hungary.

She has also served as consultant for the International Executive Service Corps based in Stamford, researching feasibility studies involving Latin America and Central Europe; for the Lutheran World Federation based in Geneva, Switzerland, involving the marketing of agricultural products from Tanzania; for the U.S State Department on religious life in the USSR; and for the Lutheran Church in America and Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, particularly on issues involving Lutherans in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union and immigration policy.

She also served at Cedar Crest College Department of Continuing Education as director of support services and an adjunct professor of history.

In 1971, Dr. Kidd earned her bachelor's degree in history and German at Pacific Lutheran University with a junior year at the University of Vienna, followed by a master of arts in Soviet studies from Harvard and a Ph.D. in international relations from he University of Pennsylvania. She has lived in the Netherlands as an American Field Service student, in Argentina for the Lutheran World Federation and was a volunteer for ecumenical programs in the Caribbean and Central America.

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Posted on August 1, 1997