Kathryn Sawyer Vidrine
Assistant Director for Doctoral Studies
Kathryn Sawyer Vidrine serves as Assistant Director for Doctoral Studies, bringing broad experience in graduate professional training to Kroc’s Ph.D. program. In this role she is responsible for program administration, professional and career development, and career placement for all Ph.D. students and candidates at the Kroc Institute.
Previously she held positions at Notre Dame in Graduate Career Services, advising College of Arts and Letters graduate students on career readiness, and the Office of Grants and Fellowships at The Graduate School, where she advised graduate students on fellowship applications, provided data on fellowship results to the University, and coordinated the annual Fulbright application process. The overarching goal in all her work is to promote a truly holistic training experience for graduate students that supports their unique contributions to research, the academy, and their local and global communities.
Vidrine earned her Ph.D. in history at Notre Dame, writing on the use of public theology in the development of a national identity in the Restoration Church of Ireland. She has taught courses on religion and religious history at the University of Prince Edward Island and Idaho State University. Before coming to Notre Dame, she earned a graduate certificate in Reformation Studies from the Institute for Reformation Studies in Geneva, Switzerland, a Master’s degree in Theological Studies from Concordia University in Montreal, and a Bachelor’s in Jewish Studies from McGill University.